In the world of tomorrow, we will have some interesting concepts that are going to rise. They, the concepts, will cause ethical issues. One of them is happening today. The Tesla Auto-Pilot system is blamed frequently for driver issues. In nice words, the Tesla crashes and the car and auto-pilot are blamed. Here is the reality of that – the AutoPilot system on a Tesla is not a self-driving car. It is a driver assist system. If you take your hands off the wheel, and you crash, it is really on the human driver. But we don’t always see technology like that. I have a really good friend that has stayed away from the voice-activated and digital assistants until recently.
He bought one, I was stopping by his house, visiting, and he wanted to answer the phone using Alexa. The phone rang, he used the proper nomenclature (Alexa answer my phone), but it didn’t work. He called m on the phone and asked me to stop by. I knew the minute I walked into his house why Alexa wasn’t working properly. It was connected to his POTs line (Pots is Plain old telephone service). I showed him what he needed to buy on Amazon to connect his Alexa device to his phone line. There has to be a connection for the system to work. The same is true of my first example the Tesla Auto Pilot. It isn’t a truly driverless car, as there isn’t an AI-focused on driving.
The reality of technology is that technology is a tool. Technology doesn’t do anything without a human today. Yes, there are automated systems, but they are designed by humans.
Soon, as 5g becomes more and more available, driverless cars will appear. But they are not the cars you see today. They will be different. It is a critical thing to remember that only a few cars have production Auto-pilot systems. There are not production driverless cars today. There are custom driverless cars, but those are not fully production-ready. It is important that we always remember that as things appear, we fully understand what the impact will be.
Auto-pilot is not driverless.
Would you sit in a car with no driver today?
I have no problem being driven by a computer-generated driver. Maybe, they should consider installing a robotic driver.
In any case, I worry about the mental state of the future generation. The advancement of technology for all it’s good intentions is weakening human bonding.
I wonder about that weakening human bonding myself. I see a number of interesting trends that lead me away from that, but a number that lead towards it.
The pendulum swings, I suspect we will come back a little before things go too much further.
I hope so. I can’t imagine people behaving like robots; always on their gadgets. It’s scary because new issues we don’t face in the present will be faced in the future.
i think the pendulum will swing the other way first.
That is encouraging.
It is the hope we all share that the world will continue to get better!
Looks like we’re going to have to get used to all the new technology that’s coming.
i suspect that is very true. Things are coming that will be game changers!
I am ready. As soon as they get all of it tweeked correctly I think they will be awesome. Times are changing.
yes they are 🙂 I can’t wait for a safer driving experience!
MD drivers are crazy. You have the hardest roads ever, and DC. Way worse than our 5!
it sadly is really bad – I posted some pictures from Black Hills for you today!
Despite the advancement of technology, I cannot trust a car without a driver.
did you know that there have been more than 1 million miles driven by driverless cars with two accidents?
Both of which were caused by humans, not the driverless car.
This is a professional warp, my friend … I have a hard time trusting one to drive me …. I would never sit in a car without a driver
there is still a driver, able to take control if needed in a driverless car. They would just not have to drive in a traffic jam!
At a standstill, this would be very welcome … he could relax a little … I would still trust him
exactly, in emergencies, the driver can take over. Although, in most emergencies, I suspect the computer would operate the car better than the human.
I really don’t know if I would have reacted faster and better than a man
it would, the difference between a human reaction and a computer reaction can be measured in seconds. in a road situation, the computer is going to have a significant advantage.
if all the cars were driverless, it would be fairly simple to implement. but if the software has to account for erratic human driving, this will be much more difficult…
That is one of the biggest slowdowns, we need a better 5g map to get more data quickly. We need to enforce DWI, and Aggressive driving laws.
If more people are following the law (driverless) the police can focus on those two. I would say the tipping point is around 40% market penetration of driverless.
if the car drives itself, then DWI isn’t an issue. open containers? no problem…
you would still not be able to drive while intoxicated, you are the backup driving system!
in my scenario, the cars are all completely automated and controlled by a super computer…
ah skynet as a driving control system.
interesting. My gut is that it would be more likely a client-server scenario where some of the processing would always be local (car).
sure, but there would still be a system in charge of the whole deal. unless you wanted to do the whole thing with distributed processing…
It presents an interesting Cyber Risk question, doesn’t it. I would argue against the centralized model but I do see value in that model.
It makes me wonder, I need to ponder this.
what if the centralized model only handled the macro decisions, whereas minor course corrections and such were handled locally?
best of both worlds. on paper, anyway…
I suspect based on what I’ve seen (I’ve only seen one of the models) that in fact that is the reality.
but there aren’t any centralized servers yet, are there?
specific to driverless cars? yes.
Now, that said it is a centralized system (different) per major player today.
wait, so each manufacturer has their own server? that’s inefficient…
They also have at this point their own networks and infrastructure. They remain competitors in this afterall
(Google, Amazon, Microsoft and a few others).
the backend should be municipal or at least federal (DoT)
Honestly, that is outside their charter and mission today (DoT).
of course it is, but that’s how it needs to end up
Money, power and control the 50 states and territories would not give up that level of control to the DoT…
who else has the expertise to handle it?
That is a question that has many answers. Far too many answers for this forum.
fair enough. it isn’t all that relevant now anyway
Not ready for this technology just yet.
yes we as a technology provider system are not quite ready either.
The good news,
Driverless and better auto-pilot systems will reduce rear end collisions. That is the number one insurance claim in the US.
They will also reduce issues with aggressive driving (the number one cause of deaths on US roads)
Well, as you say humans design driverless cars and it still needs work to make this better.
I think if you have a vehicle almost train like with a one train like track you could go back and forth from one point to another without too much risk ..depending on the machine made.
It probably would not be practical, but these things will work out in the end with trial and error
They will work, once we get the right infrastructure to support theM!