by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road
Car Sharing – Your Car Can Handle It, Can You?
Last week Audi and Toyota unveiled ground-breaking advances in the fast-approaching world of Autonomous Automobiles (A2s). General Motors is also conducting road tests of self driving vehicles.
By now you have probably heard that there are some big players investing big money in developing driverless – or self driving vehicles.
While there are many technical and legal hurdles that must be overcome before hands-free/eyes-free driving is commonplace the biggest hurdle may be that of public opinion.
Many people are uneasy about sharing the highway with driverless cars. “(At work) when my computer crashes, it’s annoying. If the car’s computer crashes, we all crash”, warned Roger Abdella, a dispatcher from Flint who was attending the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last week.
“It will take a lot of convincing” added Abdella, in line with many visitors we spoke to at the NAIAS who also expressed similar apprehension.
Google, the search engine giant and new technologies force, was first to take on the bleeding edge, investing millions and putting nearly a half million miles on their specially outfitted stable of Toyota Prius’.
Google contends that there will be many benefits to leaving control of traffic in the metaphorical hands of computer logarithms. These will include improved overall fuel efficiency, added safety, and another, less tangible, benefit – robots are never distracted. They don’t text or drink or get tired, and they see things no human being can.
Douglas Black is a photographer, fast car geek, and futurist. Author of several books including i.STRUCTURE; A Trilogy of Vision and View available at http://blur.by/1eRu74n
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.