With the rapid advance of Auto Technology it was only a matter of time before the government stepped in to set up guidelines for self-driving cars.
Discussions on self-driving cars were held between multiple countries during the G-7 meeting. Reception of developing guidelines for self-driving cars was well received.
There is a massive push to make a self-driving car by a large amount of companies. Some of which you would never expect. Some of the companies leading the way in the industry are: Google, Tesla, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Delphi and Bosch. And for any of you that have not seen our article on Apple they are looking to purchase a car company so they can continue developing in the field of self-driving cars.
The move to self-driving vehicles could be very beneficial to handicap people. The push for some people in the development of self-driving cars is that they believe that it will be safer than human driven cars. I can’t argue the fact that it may be true but there is still plenty of development required to get to that point.
In May Tesla had one of their cars crash into a tractor trailer killing the driver of the car. In the past couple of days Google had a bad crash with one of their Lexus vehicles. The Google Lexus crash was the result of human error by running a red light and crashing into the side of the self-driving car. While this was not the fault of the technology, but instead human error, you still have to question if a human was in control would they have noticed and been able to avoid the incident.
While the self-driving cars can be very beneficial to both safety and handicap people the real question to me is how well will they interact with the still human driven vehicles. The transition of human driven to self-driven would take time.
Me personally, I would love to have a self-driving car for the long trips I often do.