Although many are enthusiastic about the new technology development of self-driving cars, critical voices are also heard. But when something has really taken off, it can be difficult to stop and the question is whether the protests will have an effect.
The utopian vision of a world where self-driving cars are connected to a cloud and traffic jams, unnecessary emissions and accidents are a memory only seductive.
The idea is that it will be safer, easier and more convenient to travel or commute. The human factor is one of the biggest accidents in traffic and every year thousands of people are killed unnecessarily.
Car manufacturers and high-tech companies spend huge sums on producing autonomous cars and trucks. Because the self-driving vehicles have an advanced sensor system and are connected to a cloud, the driving can be planned in a very efficient way.
Blocked or unsuitable roads can be avoided and the car understands that obstacles and dangers are approaching.
“This is probably the biggest change in the automotive industry since the first car came off the assembly line,” Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) told an enthusiastic crowd of researchers and executives at a computer conference in Washington, DC. “Not only will it completely revolutionize the way we travel, but [autonomous cars] also have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. ”
Those who wait impatiently for self-driving cars to become every day would probably say that development is going too slowly. But critics claim that the vision is poorly substantiated and is based on pure speculation. Calculations of saved lives and reduced energy consumption are fictitious figures and calculations – since the system of self-driving cars has never been tested in reality.
Thus, previous studies and research results are not based on real experiences.
But of course, this is a paradox, because news is just news. In other words, it is impossible to predict how it will really behave. A bit like when you build a house – it is about trying to predict weak points and changing the drawing detail by detail until all deficiencies are eliminated.
Nevertheless, there are some points in criticism. It is stupid to rush too much and there is an obvious risk that results will be manipulated or embellished in order for products to enter the market as quickly as possible. Time and time again, for example, self-driving cars are recalled due to unexpected software flows.
However, these are considered to be childhood illnesses and you can be pretty sure they are being investigated and corrected – in the same way, that the architect fearlessly sits down at the drawing board and corrects inaccuracies that could jeopardize the construction of the house.