Technology is growing a constantly rapid pace, whether we like it or not. There have been many great advances in medicine, science and technology over the past decades. More recently, we have seen technology that now parallel parks cars for themselves such as most newer Fords. Now they are creating technology so that cars can now drive themselves, well within reason. The question that I plan to address in this blog is, are auto piloted cars really that safe? Tesla was able to introduce this new technology back in October, and it still has a long way to go.
Tesla really has come along way with the creation of these cars, many of companies are in the process of creating a self driving car but nobody else to my knowledge has a car out currently. In this section I want to lay out some of the technology that goes into making a car like this. The Tesla has multiple sensors that are placed strategically around the vehicle so that it can constantly have a feel for what is going on. These sensors have a capability of sensing movement and other obstacles that are within sixteen feet of the car. In addition to these sensors, the Tesla has a radar system that comes installed that helps the car detect other cars that may be in front or on the sides. These 2 pieces alone allow the car to maintain its speed, change lanes, and adapt to other traffic conditions.The final piece of major technology that goes into Tesla’s autopilot system is that there is a camera that is mounted on the back of the rear view mirror (so that it is facing traffic in the front of the car). This camera also helps the Tesla adapt to changing conditions on the road.
So the question remains, are these auto piloted vehicles safe? Would you trust one of these vehicles? There is a lot that is currently being discussed about the safety of them. There is a reported incident in China where an auto piloted Tesla had crashed into a slow moving street sweeping vehicle that resulted in the death of one man. The system that performs the auto pilot function is undergoing frequent updates because there is still a chance of error that can result in accidents, and sometimes these accidents are even fatal. Tesla tells the drivers that they should still be paying attention to the road with their hands on the wheel, even if the car is in auto pilot mode. One should be informed that even though these systems have come a long way, there is always still room for an error. The question that I pose is this, would you put your lives in the hand of a car that could drive itself? Or would you rather do the driving yourself? There can be a strong argument for both sides. However, I personally would not trust one of the auto pilot cars just yet.