Imagine driving down the road and stopping next to a car with a big contraption on top of it and no driver in the front seat. When the light turns green, the car continues down the road as normal. This technology, the “self driving car,” is already in the works from companies like Google and Tesla.
As with any new technology though, there have been some proverbial bumps in the road.
One of the main selling points from these companies is that self-driving (or autonomous) cars will allow for fewer accidents and safer roads. The problem has been that this hope is not yet fully realized. Google recently topped headlines when one of its autonomous vehicles caused an accident for the first time and a Tesla vehicle was responsible for killing its passenger while on autopilot this past July.
Right now, these vehicles are in “test mode” in some California cities and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The government is still trying to figure out how to regulate these vehicles and make sure they’re safe for passengers before they become commonplace.
Even if self-driving cars do begin to make their way into our transportation system in the next five years, many Americans aren’t willing to give total control of their vehicle to a computer.
According to a poll done by Kelley Blue Book, one third of the participants said that they would never consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.
Ultimately, before self-driving vehicles can become popular and marketable to the general public, the manufacturers have to prove they’re safe.
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