Are Self-Driving Cars Smart Enough?
Since the launch of Tesla Roadster the promise that electric cars are gonna change our future has increased drastically. Self-driving is a fascinating feature that is included in the electric vehicles. A recent report from a think tank in Washington DC reported that behind 90% of the accidents, human error is mainly reasons of all the car crashes.
So it is fair to say that switching to the autonomous from the manually driven cars can result in far safer road travel.
Many people argue that the safety of autonomous cars has not been proven yet, and it is still unclear whether or not the vehicle has been tested in real-life conditions or not. Others also say that we should try and improve the current public transit systems such as cars and buses. Also, it’s a possibility that slow-moving autonomous cars can make the problems of traffic much worse. Apart from all the chicken littles saying that the sky is falling, many companies are really making lot of improvements to make sure that autonomous cars turn to reality. General Motors has started ride-hailing service in San Francisco with human drivers in the seat as a backup. Waymo is an Arizona based service that offers pilot based programs that use no human operators in their Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
Can autonomous cars drive better than a human driver?
Today most of the cars have some kind of computers embedded in them; either they use it as a multimedia system or a platform to connect their smartphone. So having a computer chip in your car is not a big issue.
We also use many automated features such as guided parking, automatic cruise controls, and advances or autonomous braking systems. But the computers in autonomous cars will be much more advanced than the current ones.
If we look at autonomous driving, then the most critical aspect is that a computer is not a human, so it has the ability to obey all the rules. The robot will drive the vehicle as per the rules programmed in it. It will abide by all the traffic rules, won’t speed, won’t break the signals, and can’t be distracted by any noise from your smartphone.
Also, the computer will have more accuracy while driving at night time as it can better identify the obstacles and quickly moving objects even in low light. So, it can act accordingly and take necessary action to ensure the safety of human passengers and even pedestrians.
One key technology of autonomous vehicles is LIDAR that is a ‘light-detecting and ranging’ sensor. It draws the real-time 3D image of the environment surrounding the vehicle. The cameras present can read all the road signs correctly, even at high speed. As the car is moving ahead of the computer, cross-checks all the data with the car’s GPS location to help plan the route ahead. The autonomous cars thus can plot the safest path available, and it can do that by analyzing the current traffic conditions. The autonomous cars will also be able to reduce the traffic, which is a huge problem that we are currently facing. While still an infant stage, autonomous vehicles will definitely be the sure thing for everyone in the coming future.