APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Self driving cars? My wife says no


Some material is very old and may be incorrect today

© June 2015 Anthony Lawrence

Google and others are continuing to test self-driving cars. The future supposedly will find these vehicles taking over our roadways over the next few decades. It is said that private vehicle ownership may become unusual; if you need a ride, you'll summon a self driving car when and if you need one. Of course all of this has far reaching effects: traffic safety, pollution (easer to enforce rules on companies than individuals) and more. Car insurance for individuals would be affected as would traditional txi drivers and new services like Uber. It's a brave new world, indeed.

Well, not if my wife's reaction is typical. We were talking about this on a recent long drive.

"I wouldn't trust it", she stated flatly. I pointed out that robotic drivers are likely to be much safer than humans. They aren't distracted by anything, will be in constant communication with each other about road hazards and can react much more quickly than we can. Sensors will given them a far greater view of their environment, they won't panic should a wasp fly in the window and they won't drive at unsafe speeds - although once all humans are off the road, they probably can safely drive much faster than we can!

She wasn't buying it. "Even if all that is true, I wouldn't feel safe. And I'm not going to wait for a taxi: when I want to go, I want to go NOW", she added emphatically. I explained that the wait might be very short as true driveless vehicles can be deployed to patiently wait near potential customers - one might be right around the corner. She wasn't convinced.

If her attitudes are typical, the promised future may be farther away than we think. According to some studies, many drivers agree with her: they don't like giving up control even though they know they are safer. This probably won't change until all the drivers who grew up having that control are gone.

Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes

The automated dilemma: How to keep drivers from feeling like robots

Google Will Now Tell Everyone When its Driverless Cars are in a Crash


If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Got something to add? Send me email.





(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

->
-> Self driving cars? My wife says no


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

Take Control of Preview

Photos: A Take Control Crash Course

Are Your Bits Flipped?

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition

Take Control of Automating Your Mac





More Articles by © Anthony Lawrence





Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us


Printer Friendly Version





The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. (Mark Twain)




Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts


This post tagged:

Google

Misc.

Opinion



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode