Autonomous Vehicles – Brief Summary

General Information

Driverless cars are also called autonomous -, robotic – or self-driving cars/vehicles.
To guarantee independance of this car there are several sensors or integrated maps.

Surprisingly, the first idea of driverless cars already came up in the 1930s and since then, this dream was always just 20 years away.

Pro – & Contra Argumentation

There are, as always, two sides of the same coin.
Whereas Wayne Cunningham is in favour of driverless cars Antuan Goodwin is against.
Cunningham mentions arguments like

less accidents, no moving violations, transportation for the elderly, car valet is parking itself, productive use of time and always having a designated driver.

But, as mostly, there are always some negative points of the matter.
Therefore, in contrast to that, Goodwin supports his opinion by saying that

When things go wrong, they could go very wrong, Self-driving cars will still have to deal with humans in nonautonomous cars, Autonomy may actually increase congestion, Privacy potentially goes out of the window, Who’s at fault when something goes wrong?, Does driving really need to get more boring?

This man, Newt Gingrich, offers a lot of discussions on his Twitter-Account.

Examples of market leaders

As many other car manufacturers, Ford is developing the technology necessary for completely autonomous cars.
But Ford engineers claim that the car industry has already developed all the technology needed for these vehicles.
The reason why we just cannot buy them right now is that all the sensors etc. are very expensive as Jim McBride, a Ford Research and Innovation technical expert confirms:

There is no technology barrier from going where we are now to the autonomous car. There are affordability issues, but the big barrier to overcome is customer acceptance.

In Addition, AutoNews informs that Honda, Nissan and the University of Michigan are of the same opinion.
But isn’t that a very important aspect of our modern world and especially economics?

Another firm, Audi, produces prototypes of completely robotic vehicles.
Even if this is a well established firm on the car market, this prototype is not as good as thge one from google.
Nevertheless, Audi has a higher chance of “appearing on a production level” soon.

Market Introduction

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

But I think: Can the creature really be more intelligent than their creator?

Nevertheless, there is some discord with regards to the timeframe in which these clever vehicles will appear.
According to the New York Times and their report about the “Autonomously Driven Future” transportation experts agree on the statement that

self-driving cars are coming, sooner than later
and the era of the autonomous vehicle may be nigh.

Nevertheless, there are still others like Ian Riches of the research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics who think that:

We’re not going to find ourselves driving in an autonomous car tomorrow

states “The Register” offering “independent news, views, opinions and reviews on the latest in the IT industry.”
Apart from all forecasts, one cannot forget that the future is not predictable even if we have the best data as a help.

Will they first hit China?

As the Car Connection suggests, autonomous cars might propably be first purchasable in China.
They justify this thesis by stating that China is “better fit for self-driving vehicles” because of it’s ” rapidly growing auto market” an less ” legal obstacles” than in the USA.
The question that has to be considered is whether China has the financial means to introduce the car.

A blind man – flexibility is no longer a challenge

Regardless of being legally blind (nearly 95% of his vision is gone), Steve Mahan sat in a driver’s seat of a car driving itself with the help of technology.
But see for yourself:

He himself commented this incident by saying

Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and flexibility to go the places I both want to go and need to go, when I need to do those things.

Nevertheless, what is more expensive: Buying such a difficult and costly technology or hiring a driver ?


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