Are Self-Driving Cars in Our Future?

The future is a terrific but sometimes terrifying place. There are so many new technologies on the way it’s hard to believe anything will be the same in the next 100 years. Self-driving cars are already on the road, and despite the people who are opposed to the idea it seems to be inevitable for them to be in our future.

How exactly do self-driving cars work?

According to Union of Concerned Scientists Google, Uber, Tesla, Nissan, and other technology companies have developed self-driving technologies. Most self-driving cars have a map of their location based on sensors. Uber’s self-driving prototypes use 64% laser beams and other sensors to produce their internal map. Google’s prototypes use lasers, radar, high-powered cameras, and sonar. There’s software that develops those inputs, creates a path, and sends directions to the vehicle’s actuators. This is what controls the acceleration, braking, and steering. High-coded rules control Self-driving cars to avoid obstacles, follow traffic rules, and maneuver obstacles.

Impacts of Self-Driving Cars on Society

The main concerns of self-driving cars are safety. Ironically many automakers have said that computer driven cars are safer than humans behind the wheel. Millions of people die in car crashes every year Union of Concerned Scientists admits that that number could hypothetically reduce. The software is said to be less accidental than humans. Without there being enough testing that proves this is true, safety is still a concern for most.The invention of self-driving cars is a miracle for many disabled and elderly who can’t drive themselves. When self-driving cars become more popular, it will put an end to public transportation. Cab and bus drivers would probably be out of work if fewer people were dependent on them.The impact of self-driving cars is also the environment. Union of Concerned Scientists says accessible, affordable, and convenient self-driving cars may increase the number of driven miles each year. If these cars use gasoline, then the global warming concerns among others could escalate. If there are self-driving that are electric, then those environmental concerns could decrease.

Mercedes-Benz Teams Up with Uber

Currently, there are no cars on the market that are completely self-driving, but there are some that are partially able to drive themselves. According to the auto trader, Uber joined Germany’s Daimler AG, who is the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks. In the coming years, they plan to build their own self-driving cars that will work on Uber’s network. It’s the first time a major automaker has made a deal with Uber. There are already self-driving car pilots in Pennsylvania and Arizona. In just a few years more popular automakers will produce partially self-driving cars. While it’ll take longer for cars to become entirely independent of humans, self-driving cars are definitely in our future.