10 Things You Never Knew About Driverless Cars
I will be probably at a total loss for words.
Just imagine the cliché scenario of a police officer handing out a speeding ticket…to a driverless car?
You might think that’s funny, but not quite.
As you might already know, driverless cars possess sophisticated supercomputing capabilities, meaning it’s not supposed to commit even a minute traffic violation. Now, that raises a lot of eyebrows if you also consider the vulnerability of the Internet of Things into the picture.
Essentially, all driverless cars would require real-time access to GPS satellites and internal sensors for it to navigate safely. Given that fact, what do you suppose will happen when the same car was to be remotely hijacked, or it malfunctions while you’re onboard? And that’s not a hearsay by a longshot.
In a report by NBC News:
“Self-driving cars like those being tested by Google have been more prone to get into accidents than conventional vehicles, but that doesn’t mean they’re less safe, according to a new report from transportation researchers.”
However the views on driverless cars may point to some loopholes, it’s still too early to tell since the software is still in development. But one thing is for sure.
There’s no saving the decline of the conventional cars as it speeds its way to obsolescence.
Think about it, nothing ‘new’ is ever welcomed with open arms. This is simply one of those things that we just learn to develop a need for, like Netflix perhaps?
So instead of becoming major pricks on something that hasn’t even finalized yet, let’s look at how driverless cars can benefit us. And frankly speaking, I’m pretty sure you’ll love what’s in store for everyone!
Here are the 10 things you never knew about driverless cars. (Don’t read if you’re currently driving!)
It Will Epcily Alter the Entire Transportation and Traffic Laws
Driving is one the most mundane and regulated activity people do. As the act of driving entails great responsibility, both morally and civilly, the law on the other end, makes sure it stays that way. However, if autonomous cars are finally commercialized, where will the accountability fall with if there was no one driving? Can we charge computer intelligence for property damage or worse—murder of any degree? Of course not. Let’s not even get started on the insurance terms.
Massive Parking Lot Changes
The fundamental concept of driverless cars is to be able to take you almost near the doorstep of your destination. Imagine getting dropped off, let’s say, at a party where all parking slots are occupied? Your car will have to find the nearest parking lot and not just any parking lot will do. At the very least, a space where your car can also recharge? How about that!
Mobile Offices and Traffic Solution
There is a lot of room inside a driverless car, and you don’t have to worry a dime about the traffic. It’s not farfetched to assume that people might be more willing to travel farther to and from work if their vehicle becomes a mini-office where they can be productive en route. And with the parking spaces gone and possibly transformed into living spaces, this invites a suburban sprawl—the solution to downtown traffic mayhem.
A Revolutionary Aid for Persons with Disabilities
Back in March, Google released a video of one of their driverless cars chaperoning a blind man for a quick spin around his usual destinations. The autonomous car took the man on his daily errands, which included the dry cleaning, the pharmacy, and even Taco Bell for lunch. This in itself, gives us a glimpse of the potential application of driverless cars in the society.
It Responds to Your Texts
Need a ride home? Just summon your self-driving car through a smartphone app. From your message, broadcast your signal and your car will use it to locate your exact coordinates. Once inside, a small screen onboard will show your current position, from there you can use direct the car to where you want to go.
Self-Driving Cars Uses a Complex Coordination of Navigation Techs
While the notion of self-driving car is rather impressive, the technology at work is not brand new. Silicon Valley executives confirm that the car functions via its GPS, laser, radar, and camera sensors to monitor the view from the vehicle constantly and instantaneously cross-reference it with the hyper-detailed version of the Google Maps.
It Started Earlier Than You Think
As a pioneer in the industry, Google has been developing and improving the automation process and technology of driverless cars since the early 2000s in an attempt to win the DARPA Grand Challenge, a prize competition for American autonomous vehicles, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
No Dashboards, No Nothing
Driverless cars will be spacious than conventional cars. Since there is no need for manual controls, most of the interior part of the car will be maximized for ease of travel and even different function based on the demand. Picture it as a moving box or moving room. Pretty neat, eh?
Zero CO2 Emission
While there may be fuel-based driverless cars, the market share will be obviously pro-electric because getting off your hands-free ride to refill the tanks would defeat all the purpose of the supposed autonomous vehicles. Besides, cars running on electricity emits zero pollution and makes way for a smooth ride, no throttle!
Best Use for Daily Commutes Only
Self-driving cars are limited to a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 kph), meaning it will have to avoid some roads. Given that most of the traditional cars are to be replaced by driverless cars, cities could be planned around slower roads and faster access through coordinated traffic patterns.