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Self-Driving Cars: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
In a future with self driving cars, pedestrians would wait in gated pens until they were allowed to cross the street. People wealthy enough to buy self-driving cars get their own special lanes in crowded cities. Even auto industry representatives are apparently worried this new technology will totally wreck cities. In other words, these guys are planning to totally redesign cities around self-driving cars. Companies like Ford have pushed these kinds of grandiose visions before see above photo. Instead of, you know, just stopping and waiting, car companies have devised a way to help ensure that drivers retain their near total privilege to the roads — even in a place like Manhattan.
When it comes to the future of transportation, the first thing that comes to mind is the possibility of flying cars. It's easy to imagine an urban utopia with vehicles that float through the air, swerving around buildings, reaching toward the heavens. Who would've thought robot cars would be our present? No matter what side you stand on in the safety debate, even those who have concerns still agree that this innovative technology is the way of the future. Delphi's Roadrunner autonomous vehicle also just completed nearly 3, miles in a trip from San Francisco to New York City. Robot cars like Google's use GPS to know their location, and are equipped with sensors, laser illuminating detection and ranging LIDAR , radar, high-powered cameras and learning algorithm software to know how close they are to another vehicle, as well as detecting the surrounding environment to identify signage, pedestrians and cyclists near the car. The cars use the sensing capabilities and software to choose a safe speed, accelerate, brake and make turns, while anticipating other vehicle's actions to plan its movements.
Imagine a day when getting to work is a matter of telling your car where to go and sitting back to do other things, like watch a movie, hold a video conference or surf the web. That day is coming. Plenty of cars already use sensors, microcontrollers, GPS, radar and cameras to do semi-autonomous things such as keep themselves within a lane and assist drivers from crashing into things. The self-driving car also holds great promise when it comes to sustainability. It can figure out the most direct, least traffic-jammed route and drive without quickly accelerating or braking too hard -- all of which save on fuel consumption.
You've surely heard that self-driving cars are the next science fiction technology to become reality. You might have even read some pros and cons about our driverless future. That might fool you into thinking that as a society we're going to exercise some kind of choice. Perhaps we'll decide they're too dangerous or too impractical and we won't bother going ahead with trading in our Camrys and Camaros for Google Blobs , or whatever the robot car will be, right? Or maybe it'll just be a niche market, where some technophiles will use them, but most of us will keep our hands on the wheel. This technology is coming whether any of us likes it or not.
Are Self-Driving Cars really a problem? An Interesting Challenge! Humans have the option to take control whenever they feel that it is necessary. Another author. The clock in the car changes from minutes to hours quickly and progress of the line of cars is not visible.