While many may dream of the days where cars are able to drive people to and from point A to point B themselves, for one east coast city, the future may already be here. Following in the footsteps of other technology companies such as Google and Tesla, Uber, the mobile-based taxiing service has unveiled a new step forward in driving technology: a self-driving car. Volvo has partnered with Uber in order to help develop a self-driving car, and their site of development is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Risks Of Self-Driving Cars
While self driving cars may seem like utopian ideal, in practice, they are not entirely flawless. In fact, experts have cited several potential issues that drivers and passengers alike may face in the future when on the road with a self-driving vehicle. In a report from the Fiscal Times, experts cite several risks of self-driving vehicles:
- Distractions: A fully active self-driving car will offer passengers an opportunity to take their eyes off the road for other diversions, such as texting, reading, or working. While this may seem ideal for commuters, in the real-life example being introduced in Pittsburgh, an Uber driver must be present behind the wheel at all times during the car’s journey to ensure safety, if need be. If the driver is not concentrating on the road, they may not be able to intervene when the car’s driving intelligence system has a hiccup.
- Road Safety Will Become Worse Before It Gets Better: While America makes the transition to self-driving cars over the standard vehicle, there will be a mix of autonomous cars on the road along with human drivers. On top of this, the self-driving cars will need to be tested for all types of weather, such as rainy, icy, or snowy conditions. Mixing other human drivers onto the road will make matters worse, as a person is prone to reacting differently than a machine.
- Computer Driven Cars Will Be Hackable: In today’s age with cyber crimes on the rise, computer security for self-driving cars must be absolutely unflinching. A skilled hacker operating with malice could take over a computer operated car’s system and steal the car, or worse.