Are Driverless Cars The Future 2019?

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You have seen the craze around the new proposed technology of the robot cars, known as the self-drive cars. The status “automatic” has risen even, we shall now have road trips without renting drivers. We can sleep on the road, sing and scream all the way to Mombasa, in the comfort of the cushions of our driverless cars.

Driverless cars are sharply able to pick from the environment by their unique combination of sensors. These may include things like GPS, Lidar, computer vision, inertial measurement units, and Radar among others. The cars have the luxury of interpreting sensory information thereby identifying navigation paths and obstacles along the way.

The comfort in a driverless car is astonishing. Think about how many times we won’t have road accidents brought about by collision… getting out of the car to start quarreling on the road about your cracked lights or scratched car “skin”. We cannot have any more apologies for scratching people’s cars, the automatic car is too friendly for my liking. The exotic feel of the driverless car is comparable to the happy face emojis we use in our conversations.

Where The Problem Lies

And so what if I want to control the car myself! What about the hackers and terrorists who will do anything to get in! The driverless car is likely to encounter problems of safety. Everything about technology is liable to problems of being hacked.

Cyber terrorists are happy about each developing technology. Very quickly, they master the simplest art to robbing and taking lives from the easiest spaces they can squeeze you to death through these technologies. Not every country can accommodate driverless cars on their streets. I’m not sure these driverless cars will smell the dangers of ditches. Even if they did, there are roads in some corruption-filled countries where the pothole glitches are everything there is on the roads, you practically drive through a well-designed ditch for some good distance.

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Let us talk about how many people will lack jobs of chauffeurs with the arrival of these driverless car technology. Of course the affluent humans who are used to hiring the services of chauffeurs are always the earliest adopters of such new technologies. So, what happens to the people who have been earning a living by driving these Dons around? With time, if the technology goes far and beyond, more and more people will throw away their drivers. Companies looking at the highest safety measures will not even receive applications of drivers anymore. Road-transport will have been improved, they will say, but the economy will be getting into a catastrophe.

With the excitement of driverless cars will come the desire of scientists to come up with pilotless airplanes and Captainless ships, we can’t wait for scientists to develop Pedestrianless streets. I hope the Superpowers do not command that our legs are cut off for the world to embrace a technology of pedestrianless streets. The drills are always exciting, you know, but what’s the reward? If a technology heavily impacts negatively on your economy, is it worth welcoming? Travel will be made convenient, but will this wow the down-town dwellers in our cities?

THROUGH THE YEARS…

Since the 1920s, ideas on how travel can be improved through automation of cars have been developing through debates and failed experiments.

1950’s was when the trials started picking up. The developers never stopped trying through down to the 1970’s when Japan’s Tsukuba Mechanical Engineering Laboratory developed the first automated vehicle. This one could track white street markers.

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With an analog computer, the white street markers were interpreted by the help of two cameras that were on the vehicle. This vehicle went up to a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, if it was supported by an elevated rail.

Research and developing prototypes in between the years went on, and in 2017, one self-driving technology development company known as Waymo made a rather exciting announcement; apparently, it had started testing driverless cars. In 2018. From Waymo came the news that the test vehicles it had used had traveled for a vulgar distance of over 13,000,000 kilometers.

Are driverless cars the future?