Driverless cars might not be plausible for now

Article by Anita Panait, on June 19, 2012

Driverless cars might sound like a good concept especially concerning safety, but for people who think that it is a good idea, better think again. The system would be totally plausible and safe unless all cars in the world are driverless. Mixing human-driven cars with driverless ones would be such a bad idea, since human beings tend to deviate from rules and systems, while artificially intelligent machines do not.

A human-driven car could make a street filled with driverless cars chaotic. Thus, people would rather stick to the belief that cars are made to be driven, not to become driverless. Instead of building driverless cars, carmakers should focus on developing vehicles that offer larger margin of safety.

And many auto manufacturers are already offering features that make driving safer than usual, and they do not intend to stop at that. Take General Motors’ luxury vehicle marquee Cadillac. The luxury brand is installing a device that alerts the driver about impending danger though the seat. There are cars that offer adaptive cruise control, which prevents a driver from getting too close to the vehicle up front.

There are also cars that are fitted with electronic systems that prevent a driver from losing control while managing a curve. These new technologies allow drivers to cruise roads safely, without giving total control to machine. Driverless cars might not become a total reality, even despite higher fuel costs and heavy traffic congestion. A driverless car could be appreciated if it could cruise along human-driven vehicles. But that might be too much to ask for, for now.

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