The Car of the Future, Today

Duby Jiminez, Staff Writer

With the advancements in technology, autonomous vehicles have become a reality, and are currently being tested for their safety.

Recently, companies like Google and Delphi Automotive have begun testing self-driving cars on the roads.
Robot cars like Google’s use GPS, sensors, and are equipped with learning algorithm software to determine their proximity to another vehicle. With these sensing capabilities and software, self-driving vehicles are able to accelerate, brake and make turns, while anticipating the actions of other vehicles (Tech Times).

According to Ryan Hagemann, a civil liberties policy analyst at Niskanen Center who specializes in auto robotics and automation, it is more likely that automated cars will happen within the next couple of years.
While many believe that self-driving vehicles are not safe, others argue that they will reduce the rate of car accidents as a result of human error.

According to USA Today, autonomous vehicles may help reduce the rate of traffic since they will be traveling at higher speeds, without being concerned of crashing with another vehicle.

However, self-driving vehicles cannot drive in heavy rain or snow and have difficulty making a left-hand turn when there is oncoming traffic. In addition, they cannot read hand signals. This means that if someone was directing the traffic the vehicle would not detect the instructions given by the person.

While autonomous vehicles could be a great innovation, it is important to take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of using automated cars, and if we want to leave our safety in the hands of humans or technology.