Self-Driving Cars – Is it Worth it?

The article that I chose to read had two authors take positions of whether they think self-driving cars are good or bad. For the purpose of this blog, I will be siding with why self-driving cars are bad. To put in other words simply – Why you shouldn’t take humans out of the equation of driving.

A self-driving car is a vehicle that can function on its own without needing a driver to control the vehicle. Many of the new cars being produced today has some form of technology to better serve the driver, such as backup cameras and blind spot detectors. The list can go on, which is a great help to reduce the risk of accidents. While many have fantasized about the idea about self driving cars, there are definitely some disadvantages on being too reliant on technology.

37% of people will experience an increase in the frequency and severity of motion sickness. This is all because the passengers will not be doing anything but things to entertain themselves such as reading, texting, watching movies, etc. while letting the car drive for them. As cars become more connected, in any given situation hackers could access personal data and gather the location of the car. This could potentially indicate to the burglar that the person/family is not home, which can lead to home invasions.

Anyone that owns any technology whether that would be a phone, laptop, tablet, etc. knows that technology isn’t always reliable! There are some days where technology glitches and simply doesn’t work. In the case of self-driving cars, it could lead to a fatal ending if there happened to be a glitch while on a freeway at high speeds. With driving comes many responsibilities. Insurance is a major component of driving. If the passengers aren’t actually driving the car, should they even pay for insurance? In the event if there was a wreck, who gets the bill? How could we hold the passenger responsible if it was the driverless car’s judgment? There are many questions surrounding what would change and what would be enforced about self-driving cars. When you ride a bus you aren’t required to have insurance, and the same thing should apply here.

If a driverless car is programmed to obey all the rules, what happens if there was a situation where you needed to break the rules? Crossing double yellow lines is a big no no, but what if a child runs in front of the car? The only logical way to avoid that would be crossing the lines, which a driverless car wouldn’t have the ability to do. They lack human judgment, since they are programmed to obey what the signs say. Human drivers can foresee accidents, and sometimes obeying the rules in this case could actually kill you.

 

“We travel, initially to lose ourselves. We travel, next, to find ourselves.”

– Pico Iyer

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