Autonomous Vehicles vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
Humans are increasingly getting lazier as time goes by. A self-driving car is just a new way of adding to it and some believe that this would more harm the human race than help it. “The issue is not technological. It is social, legal, and practical.”
The first problem with these self-driving cars is dealing with real human drivers. On an open road the self-driving car is okay and has shown to be able to handle drive well, but you never know what to expect when humans are driving around you. As the article says, “People can be unpredictable…” In one minute the setting can go from easy driving to chaos and machines may not be able to deal with that. Humans can react in a split second of what they see happening and should be able to avoid it. Although Dmitri Dolgov, head of software for Google’s self-driving car, attempts to just place this on the people and say they should be “less idiotic”, but accidents happen.
The second problem is automation is a less effective funtion without some sort of interaction between human and machine. Machines are great when they can do things are their own, but with humans as there counterparts machines are even better. Look at the mars rovers they each have humans steering them and controlling them (Article). The same with airplanes as they still have people flying planes. Planes have a built in feature, autopilot, which enables the plane to drive itself to the destination. It still relies on humans though because a human paired with an autonomous machine is a better result that just machines themselves.
The last problem is the prioritization of companies. They worry more about self-driving cars than cyber security. Cars like this could easily get hacked and a kidnapping could instantly happen. Companies priorities are out of place and could be spent focusing better on things such as these.
Although this article talks of the downsides of these vehicles I think it does not express enough of the benefits of these vehicles. One of the benefits is cars that drive themselves. Autonomous cars can help potentially dangerous drivers such as ones who are sleep deprived. Another benefit is a more efficient way of using gas. Autonomous cars are like cars that would continually be on cruise control lessening your use of gas and therefore saving money in the process. I agree with the author that autonomous cars are only useful if paired with a person.
Claburn, Thomas. “Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better – InformationWeek.” InformationWeek. N.p., 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.