3 Realities About Self-Driving Cars Everyone Needs To Know
It’s fair to say that self-driving cars have always held the public in their thrall. This is completely natural; after all, the idea of being able to sit back while the car takes control is wonderfully futuristic, and a concept most of us find hard to resist as a result. No more huffing at the traffic on your commute or struggling to pay attention after long periods on the road; you can just relax as the world speeds by outside of your window.
The reality begins to bite
However, the truth is that self-driving cars do have limitations, and the future that we dream of may never come to pass. Over recent years, the stories of accidents involving autonomous vehicles have received a huge amount of press. The attention these accidents receive is highly disproportionate, especially when contrasted with general accident statistics that have resulted in fatalities or legal action with the likes of Brauns Law. Accidents, when they involve “normal” cars, are acceptable, but self-driving accidents are a cause for huge concern.
Of course, there is a reason why accidents for self-driving cars draw more attention. Many people have hopes that self-driving cars will limit the number of casualties on the roads, so any sign that this technology may be failing in that goal is worthy of record.
However, this thought process brings us to the first reality of self-driving cars: they are not infallible. While there are hopes that autonomous cars could improve accident statistics, the idea of eradicating car-related accidents is an impossible dream.
Self-driving cars are still futuristic
The second reality that we all need to accept about these cars is that they sound futuristic because they are futuristic— even now.
This may sound like an odd statement. We live in a world where semi-autonomous cars have been being sold for a number of years, so how could a transformed world of self-driving cars becoming the norm still be considered highly futuristic?
Simple; the roads can adapt to the occasional semi-automated car, but for a shift to autonomous vehicles, the entire transport sector as we know it would have to change. For one thing, cars last longer than they ever have before, so the shift to the a world of self-driving cars will have to factor in people not wanting to exchange their existing vehicles any time soon. There will also need to be significant infrastructure changes to support these vehicles. So realistically, although the technology is becoming more feasible, we’re a long way from a world where self-driving cars rule the roads.
Some believe self-driving cars will never happen
The list of industry-expert naysayers for self-driving cars is ever-growing. When some of the most learned minds on the subject suggest that the vehicles will never reach the kind of ubiquity that some sections of society seem to expect, it’s clear that there’s a need for a reality check.
Self-driving cars may have a role to play in the future of the automotive industry, but realistically, a focus on advancements in hybrid and electric technology is the most likely development to bear fruit.
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