Could a self-driving car catch on?
It has been the stuff of many science fiction novels and
films, cars that successfully drive themselves. Now we seem to be nearly there
and such cars could become a reality. Google has successfully test driven such
a car for 140,000 miles. But would anyone want to actually drive one? What are
the advantages and disadvantages of having cars that drive themselves?
People are lazy
Such a form of driving will inevitably catch on in our society. People are becoming increasingly lazy and like to use technology to promote their laziness. As amatter of convenience people drive, and it is only a matter of more conveniance that these cars can drive themselves so that people do not have to. People will exploit this new innovation in order to cultivate their own laziness.
if there are worrying glitches in the car and a horrific fatality occurs in the first few days of use. People will probably not opt for the technology because of the negative publicity that would be caused. Even if statistically the car reports less accidents on the whole than a normal car.
New technology is always under intense scrutiny and it cannot possibly put a stop to road accidents altogether. The makers of the car can only hope that fatal accidents will only occur after/if the car takes-off/catches-on at all.
There have a series of failed self-driving automobile models for a reason.
People enjoy driving or at least having control of the vehicle they are in we wouldn't have so many backseat drivers otherwise.
The propensity for human error is greater than that of mechanical error
It should catch on; because people want fewer accidents on the road. A successful self-driving vehicle will use all the available statistics on and be programmed in, averting accidents and handling them as efficiently as possible when they do occur.
Drunk/sleep/cell-phone-conversation driving will not be an issue as the car will drive itself.
Once people realize how a self-driving car is considerably less accident prone; every one will want to have one and the number of road accidents will precipitate tremendously.
It may not necessarily be less-accident prone.
Assuming that mechanical error is 'always' lower than human error is a bit of a stretch. Case in point; My computer acquires viruses far more frequently than I do.
People enjoy driving
This new technology will not be used by the vast majority. People enjoy driving. It is a fantasy for those under the age of 17 to drive. People enjoy the feeling of being in control of a car. They like being behind the wheel and steering. We have arcade games to simulate this. If we even have these games in order for people to feel like they are driving, why would people even think about using a car that they could not drive but simply drove itself?
There's no reason for the makers of a self-driving-car model to not permit people the option of driving the vehicle manually when they want.
A self-driving model should and will be useful/used when a driver is incapacitated or inebriated or soporific or otherwise unwilling/unable to drive him/her-self.
For example a long road trip when you're driving on the highway and you fall asleep;don't you wish there was someone-else to take the wheel? Especially since some people drive very fast on the highway.
It will be a laughing stock
Most people are very distrustful of new technology when it comes to driving. There is a negative stigma attached to any device that takes away from the driver’s own knowledge and instincts. We have seen this with SatNavs. Often the butt of jokes on TV is how these devices lead people astray; how the technology does not work. Consequently this technology has not hit the market as was expected. The same will be seen with these self-driven cars. They will be portrayed as taking people to the wrong places and causing crashes, this will lead to people not wanting to use them and not wanting to be associated with them.
People only use Sat-Navs when they are lost. And while they mocked ubiquitously they are also used ubiquitously therefore giving the makers of this technology the last laugh.
What do you think?