The new era of self-driven cars
A self-driven car does not use human control; instead it uses various technologies such as laser lights, radar, computer vision and odometer to navigate on the roads (Surden, 05). They have gained popularity in the recent news for both positive and negative records. In most cases though, news are centered on the adverse aspects highlighting each and every negative cause of self-driven cars. Most writers have based their articles on how these cars have fared since their introduction and regularly comparing them with normal cars in term of safety and efficiency. Others have concentrated on the laws that have been put up the government to govern these cars. Manufacturers should abide by them and also the user should be ready to deal with the consequences once they purchase the car (Greenblatt, 47). Additional news has dwelled on the reception of the car by the public and most have given undesirable reviews, meaning that a large part of the public is rejecting the new technology of cars (Jones, 35).
Despite the poor reception of self-driven cars in some states and countries by the public, they have some advantages over the normal car. Most of the accidents that occur in the Unites States are caused by human error such as; drunk driving, being distracted while driving by passengers or being on phone and miscalculated decisions such as when to break. Since self-driven cars are operated by a computer, all the above situations will be avoided therefore reducing the number of accidents. Saving more life would mean reducing costs such as insurance and healthcare costs that come with accidents. People with disabilities have to rely on other people for help in transportation and quite often use public means of transport. However, with self-driven cars, this can change and they can be able to travel without anyone’s assistance. Traffic caused by human ignorance would also be avoided. Time saving is another advantage whereby, the driver could be doing other work such as replying emails instead of driving.
With all those advantages, there are a number of disadvantages as well. Technology failure when the car is on the wheel is one of the major issues. This can be caused by heavy rainfall damaging the laser sensors, traffic lights failure and since the cars cannot interpret human signals accidents are bound to happen. Computers are hacked every now and then and since it is major element of this car, it is prone to hackers and this could lead them being susceptible to terrorist attacks (Shubbak, 05). Self-driven cars will also put a lot of people out of jobs especially those who operate taxis and public vehicles. This would lead to poverty and increased crimes. The car is relatively expensive and this would mean most people would not afford it. The question of who is answerable in case of an accident caused by this car is another important fact that needs to be reviewed (Gless, 10). This is because you cannot file charges on a computer, therefore is it the owner of the car? Is it the manufacturer? Or the organization that owns the software that the computer uses?
This technology of self-driven cars can be revolutionary if only people give it a chance. Despite the fact that there are some questions that cannot be answered, I can say that the pros outweigh the cons and that they can make a big difference on human lives on the roads. Furthermore, almost every driver in their lifetime has wished the car could drive itself at some point (Hassler, 06).
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