What was once just a cool element in a science-fiction movie, is now close to reality and will probably rule the roads in the future. Autonomous or self-driving vehicles, once they become available for the consumer market, will make profound changes to the way we live, work, and play. While this technology is on its way, there are still a lot of details that one needs to work out. In this article, we’ll work through and understand the good and bad aspects that come with self-driving vehicles.
Pros of Self Driving Vehicles
Self-driving vehicles are generally classified into different levels based on the quality and quantity of the features that come embedded in them. For one level 1 and level 2 vehicles are those that you see on the roads today and which demands the driver’s attention throughout the drive. Level 3, i.e., the cars that are currently in development, are considered hands-off and will require the drivers’ attention only for specific tasks.
Reduce Human Errors
It is estimated that more than 80% of on-road accidents are a result of human mistakes. From drunken driving to over-speeding and the use of mobile phones, we are prone to lose attention and sometimes even become reckless while we were behind the wheel. Autonomous cars can help in overcoming such mistakes and thereby reduce the number of human lives that we lose every day due to on-road accidents.
No More Traffic Jams
We’ve all been stuff in traffic for more times than we count because another driver decided to try out something, he shouldn’t. Autonomous vehicles are being developed with sensors that will enable them to communicate with other cars on the road. Such a feature will ensure that road congestions are a thing of the past and that you will comfortably arrive at your destination on time, every time!
Unlike petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles, self-driving vehicles make use of electricity as its fuel and are thereby environment friendly. Additionally, activities such as re-accelerating and braking that lead to the production of harmful emissions shall also be non-existent because every vehicle will be forced to maintain a safe distance from each other.
Cons of Self Driving Vehicles
Yes, self-driving cars do have cons. For one, they are an expensive proposition if you are considering buying one. Secondly, as like any other electronic product, these are also prone to damage or break down over time. However, the pros in this case far outweigh the cons.
Accidents Will Still Happen
No technology-based product will be perfect, and yes, accidents will still happen! However, the frequency of such incidents will be drastically lower, and the technology will save more lives.
Driving Won’t be Special Anymore
Some may seem it as a chore, but for most of us, driving is a special activity. With autonomous vehicles, this won’t be the case anymore. The machine will do all the work, and all you’ll need to do is sit back and enjoy the views as a passenger.