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Why Self-Driving Cars Aren't On The Road Yet

Why You Can't Buy a Driverless Car Yet Toyota and Google have safely tested self-driving cars on expressways and public roads with Google's car driving over 1 million miles alone. Self-Driving Cars Aren't Ready For Consumers According to The National Highway Traffic Safety, driverless vehicles are not ready to be driven on public roads for purposes other than testing. But, Why? WHAT SELF-DRIVING CARS CAN'T DO YET: OS Keep the driver awake and alert Make consequential decisions for the driver Process variables quickly Communicate externally Overcome government obstacles A study by Stanford proves that keeping a driver awake is a major feat for self-driving cars to overcome: 13 of 48 students monitoring a self-driving car from behind the wheel Keep the driver awake and alert began to fall asleep. Standford also tested the method of keeping the driver awake with use of a tablet or watch videos. 3 students began to fall asleep even with the distraction of a video or tablet. Another potential answer to this issue is the theory of driver swapping, in which the car signals the human to take over by slowing down its speed. But, studies show it takes people at least 5 seconds to take over. Without an alert driver a self-driving car needs to: Make consequential decisions for the driver Process variables Communicate externally quickly For example: A dog dashes in front of the driverless car on the 3. road. The car needs to make a human-like decision. It needs to decide between: 1) Auto-break. Swerve out of its lane. The car decides to swerve to avoid the dog. Now it needs to process the variables of this decision: Swerve off road and possibly harm pedestrians. Swerve into the other lane and risk collision. The question of who would be legally at fault in this situation is unanswered. M The manufacturer? </>) The car software programmer? 8 The owner of the driverless vehicle? Self-driving cars operate through similar navigational software as a smartphone and traffic obstacles. However, they don't yet respond to the actions of other drivers and pedestrians. For example, without a form of communication, pedestrians may not be clear on when it is safe to cross a road. How could the car signal a pedestrian to walk? Developers have experimented with methods from displaying electronic messages to a robotic hand signaling a pedestrian the to walk. WALK How a driverless car would signal to a manual driver is also undeveloped. If a driver in a manual vehicle approaches a four-way stop the same time as another, eye contact is typically relied on to signal who's going to proceed. But, how a driverless car would interact in this situation hasn't been resolved. The Bottom Line Technology of self-driving cars has a way to go before its ready for consumers. And on a manufacturer Overcome level, only four states have adopted laws regulating the testing of them and 12 states have recently voted government obstacles them down. States With Self-Driving Car Laws No laws or regulations, but not illegal NH ND MN MA ID SD WI WY IA PA NV CA NE * DC KS MO TN OK NM AL GA MS LA FL However... 14 more 1 in 10 cars states are working on regulations regarding the testing and selling of self-driving cars. are estimated to be self-driving by 2035, according to IHS. PT&C LWG Forensic Consulting Services Sources: driving-car advocates tangle with messy morality/

Why Self-Driving Cars Aren't On The Road Yet

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The possibility of self-driving cars is on the horizon. However, there are still many factors to consider before self-driving cars could hit the road. LWG has put together a really informative infogra...


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