A long awaited invention that seemed nearly impossible is now ready to turn into reality. Technology is evolving at a past pace and its impact on the automotive industry is commendable. Self-driving cars are designed to travel without the need of a human operator.
How do these driverless vehicles work?
Basically, a vast array of sensors are used to understand the environment around the car and this information is utilized to navigate to reach your destination.
This technology is a centre of many debates and it has been being worked upon since quite a long time. These automatic cars will definitely serve various purposes for everyone. Then what is stopping them from hitting the road yet? Let us find out!
Advantages of Self- Driving Cars
Anyone can use
Does not matter whether you know how to drive or not, this car will serve everybody. If you are old, and have difficulty in driving, don’t worry, this car is for you. Even visually-impaired or other impaired citizens, intoxicated or fatigued drivers, all would be able to transport themselves safely without any hazards. The art of learning to drive is very well taken care of by the automatic cars. So, to take a driving lesson or not, it’s your choice!
Traffic free roads
Self- Driving cars would be able to communicate well with one another. The reason is, the sensors used in these cars help in identifying traffic problems that can significantly reduce traffic congestion and improve the condition of traffic on streets. By increasing up the lane capacity, these cars will prevent any impending miss happening.
The platooning system that is said to be used in these cars lets the vehicles accelerate or brake simultaneously. Therefore, these advanced mechanised vehicles would certainly outperform the normal cars.
Better time utilization
While driving, you would not have to ignore your fellow travelers as the system takes over the control. With these tech cars, the driver always would have quality time to spend with their loved-ones without fearing about road safety. Apart from this, the driver can focus on other important work too, such as, making important phone calls or working on a last minute presentation while the car takes him to his destination.
No more parking issue
The most irritating part for a driver is when he has to look for a parking space. This problem would also be solved as an automatic car could first drop off the travelers and then park far away and then return to pick them up whenever it is required. This would eliminate the wastage of time and gas that is spent searching for a vacant spot to park the vehicle.
Disadvantages of Self driven Cars
Inevitable impact on certain jobs
One the one hand, many skilled jobs will be created to operate this technology, the career of drivers would be at stake of getting obsolete as technology-driven cars would take over their jobs. Other than this, Uber drivers and fast food delivery people would also find themselves replaced by automatic cars.
What if someone hacks your car!
The one major drawback of the technology is that there is always someone who can misuse it by hacking it. You never know when your self-driving cars could become the next target of the hackers as this vehicle continuously monitors and tracks the details of the car owner. In this way, your personal data can be in the hands of any hacker who can take advantage of it.
Not everybody can afford
No doubt, these technology-driven cars would cost you an arm and a leg due to the fact that the technology that’s required to make a driverless vehicle is quite expensive. Not all consumers would want to pay such high costs for a driverless car and therefore would prefer to stick to the traditional cars.
Can sensors be fully trusted?
Technology lovers may not want to hear this but in some situations, you cannot trust technology completely. For example, during extreme weather conditions like too much snow or extreme rain can result in failure of sensors that manage the mechanism and various functions of the car. You cannot just hope to sit inside and hope not to hit anything!
The bottom line is, innovations keep taking place, but complete reliance on technology is not a good idea. Before letting these automatic cars come on the road and serve humans, we have to make sure that their disadvantages do not outweigh the positives.