Self-Driving Cars

A Good Idea? We don’t think so!

Self-Driving Cars

By Sam Cherry on 5th August 2015 in News

Self-Driving Cars have created a huge uproar in the past few years, with various companies trying to perfect them. They all try to emphasise how much of a difference these cars will make to our lives, but will they really make a positive change? We will go through each change that will have an effect on us!

Google and Audi are just two of the companies that are trying to perfect the Self-Driving car! But are they getting it right? Each company has had their own mistake. For example, Google’s 23 self-driving cars have been involved in 14 accidents. Is this a good sign? In many people’s eyes, it’s not. They are saying that all of these incidents where due to other vehicles and not down to their vehicles. Still, you can’t help but feel that if all vehicles were manually controlled, these accidents could have been avoided.

Google have been quoted as saying by the year 2020, Self-Driving cars will be available to the public. But do you think this will work? If a handful of people buy Self-Driving Cars, with the rest of the population sticking to human-controlled cars, then surely this won’t work. Google's cars have about £100,000 in equipment including a £11,000 LIDAR system, which is the range finder mounted on the top of the vehicle. This laser allows the vehicle to generate a detailed 3D map of its environment. The car then takes these generated maps and combines them with high-resolution maps of the world. As proven by Google’s prototype’s, they may be able to guide themselves through the roads, but they obviously cannot avoid a ‘sticky’ situation, which do happen from time to time in any car.

Audi, on the other hand, have projected that their automated cars will be available in 2016, with their cars looking much more like the cars of today. They are much more sportier and they proved this by setting a new record of travelling at 149mph around the Hockenheim Gran Prix circuit! This is unbelievable stuff, but the first question that raises in our heads is: Is this the issue Audi should be trying to tackle? A more primary target would be to make sure it can drive around in day-to-day life.

Issue’s that have been raised by various people and organisations are: What would a driverless car do if a Mother with a pram walked out in the road? Would it do the same if it was a cat that just ran out in front of the car? The sensor’s do not work so well, if at all, in hazardous conditions such as snow and heavy rain and finally, with the likes of Top Gear and other ‘Petrolhead’ television programmes, will the people that watch these programmes want what these programmes are about taken away? I think not.

Overall, our opinion on this would be to keep it the same! There is no need to change. Carry on learning to drive with Acclaim and driving your own car. It’s been that way for over a hundred years. People are fanatical over customizing their cars, as well as being content with controlling their own cars. Yes, you might be able to sit back and relax but would you honestly be able to look away from where you were going without any concern at all? We don’t think so. After this, one last reason, we feel that we should all just carry on with how things are. Technology isn’t good enough yet to trust automated machines on the road. So, we would recommend you ring – 0330 900 1227 or look more into our site and find out more about Driving Lessons and learn how to drive rather than waiting around for this new technology to come out which may be years and years.

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