Autonomous cars or drivers – what are the risks?
In Arizona, a female cyclist who was hit by a Uber’s own car died. This is the first fatal event after a car accident without human factor driving. The incident is key to the reactions of politicians and society as a whole to the new technology – because it happens at a time when large corporations “push” authorities to facilitate massive use of cars without a driver.
The statistics for the results of autonomous vehicles are as follows: For the past 3 years, Waymo (Google) has over 4 million miles (nearly 6.5 million kilometers) on US roads, with the last one million miles during the last 6 winter months. There is only one single (and very light) accident accounted for by an autonomous car – on February 14, 2016, when wrongly rebuilding, Waymo hits a side-by-side bus.
Pros and cons of this type of technology are quite a lot, for example: The drivers of the autonomous cars do not drive aggressively, do not talk over the phone, do not turn back to see what the child is doing in the back seat, do not adjust the radio or navigation, do not get tired, do not fall asleep, do not suffer from PMS, do not get them, do not get heart attacks, do not drink, do not take drugs. They do not go “dark orange,” always stop at the Stop sign, always observe the advantage, always observe safe distance, always observe the speed limits and prohibition of overtaking. That is, the human factor is gone, which can be considered a minus – human judgment.