9, December 2017

The 411 on Driverless Cars

The vehicle makers and high-tech companies are putting billions of dollars on creating self-driving vehicles under the notion that driverless cars will aid in creating cleaner, safer roads. Even politicians want to see this happen.

It will not only totally change the way we get around, but driverless cars have the capacity to save hundreds of lives every year.

Such forecasts, nonetheless, have turned out to be centered on very little research. While car builders gather data on the algorithms and sensors that let cars drive themselves, study on the social, economic, and environmental effects of driverless cars is little. Honestly, no-driver driving is still years away, based on several transportation specialists. And since it’s difficult to study a thing that doesn’t exist, the void has been jam-packed with speculation—and starkly different visions of the future.

The current conversations fall into what is called the dystopian and utopian views.

When it comes to utopian view, fleets of accessible cheap driverless cars provide rides at the tap of a screen. Their ubiquity gives transportation choices to everyone. Once driverless cars are commonplace, traffic accidents will be a thing of the past, and progressive government regulatory policies will bring fewer traffic jams and parking problems, and less urban crowdedness. Fleets of electric-powered vehicles lessens fossil fuel consumption and diminishes air pollution.

Commutes become more productive and hassle-free since most drivers can now read or work while being driven to their destinations. A few smartly designed experiments have given scientists understandings into how driverless cars could alter how we work, and play, and live. But the truth of the matter is that driverless cars are here, whether you like the ideal or not. There are some kinks to be worked out, but in a few years, it is going to happen.