The concept of self-driving technology going commercial became real when the president-elect of the US, Donald Trump, met Alphabet. The latter is the parent company for Google which is involved in the multi-trillion investment of self-drive technology.
The other players in the industry, namely the e-commerce and telecoms, have succeeded in feeding the consumer with wired technology: the phone and the internet. Now, it is time to push for wired driving.
The political dimension from which the concept took shape, shows that the government will be involved in turning our driving experience driverless. The Senate Committee on Science, Transportation and Commerce have already chaired meetings with industry leaders with the aim to making it a reality.
Are We Game?
The road to a driver-less future is paved with some uncertainty. Although there are some feasible benefits, there are some legitimate queries over safety, especially where the interests of the public are concerned. The industry, it seems, has a different perspective from what is shown in reality. The safety benefits, for instance, are not backed up. It is not possible to tell how the technology could save lives in a year. There is no conclusive data available for the number of deaths caused by human error. The self-reporting adopted by the proponents of the driverless technology is, therefore, unreliable and at the very least, misleading.
Accidents of the Future
The accidents based on the automated technology will be different from the ones we see today. They will for one, be unpredictable. The speed they will move at and the fact that they will run together however, will mean fewer accidents.
The Positive Side of a Driverless Future
It’s not all gloom for this technology. For instance, it will lead to massive employment, though others will be ended, like taxi drivers. There will be fewer cars on the roads as people will use the driverless cars and car sharing apps. Car automakers will cut down production and lay off thousands.
The infrastructure to support the technology will be massive and will include refining roads and making them smooth.
Security protocols will have to be changed to reduce the hacking of cars. Perhaps we should be asking: Are we ready to let go of mass transit?