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Driverless Cars – are they good or are they bad?

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The concept of driver-less cars makes people either happy or nervous. I understand both sides. As a driver in one of the worst US metropolitan areas in the US for driving, I think driverless cars are a good thing. Having gone to and ridden in cars in Itlay, I think there are parts of the world that the driverless car should be mandatory today. The reality of the cars is that you will still have a driver and that person will be responsible for making emergency decisions. Following up on comments by Albert, and by Alex, the reality of the AI being able to handle mixed mode driving is going to be the issue (Alex’s comment) while enforcing driverless or automated driving requires some tech (Albert’s comment).

The reality of driverless cars is the ever-expanding push towards what is called edge computing. Edge computing allows for the distribution of assets within the broader concept of a network. It reduces both the latency and lag for transmission. Knowing the conditions (traffic) and the conditions (Weather) in real time is the value of Edge Computing. Look, you get a road with 200 automated cars and one human drive car, and the AI will be able to respond properly. If you have 50 human drivers, it requires many more adjustments per second. Driverless or Automated cars will stay in the same location in their lane. They will be the same position about the sides of the road.

Humans don’t do that by the way. The current system of Lidar sensors in cars (sometimes called Collision Prevention systems) is important. First, the cars with those systems (2016 and later for many car companies) have caused a reduction in the most prevalent form of auto impacts. Read end, or stopped car and approaching the car, striking the read of the stopped car. Reducing that globally by 20% will result in billions of dollars saved. Scary fact if you think bout it.

A fully automated driving system would reduce that even further.  Plus a car (blown tire say) with an issue can notify all the cars about it that there is an issue.

The future is always interesting. Driverless cars are they good or are they bad?

  • Do you think Driverless cars will be a good thing?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think Driverless cars are a bad thing?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think driverless cars should be mandatory?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. There are already driverless trains so a driverless car is not impossible to imagine. In Indonesia, they have BRT or bus rapid transit system in which there is a dedicated lane for buses. If driverless cars will have a lane similar to that then I do not see any harm. Besides, that means people like me who have no interest in learning how to drive can now have a car.

  2. All I have to say is that I am scared shitless in any type of moving vehicle but less so in a bus because they are more massive. Also I would be deadly afraid of a malfunction in a driverless car especially if I was alone in it… The concept is interesting but there are still many factors and technologies to work on before they become ever mandatory.

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