Before you read this and leave a snarky comment about my creativity. Please provide a link to something original that you created. You must have something under that bridge with you. Maybe it’s a finger painting or something. I would love to see it. If you are going to critique creativity you surely must have created something other than a two sentence comment degrading someones creativity. You must surely have made something without degrading or offending someone you don’t know. You must have something pure left in that wrinkled prune of a heart.
Autonomous vehicles are terrifying no matter how you look at it. Putting life in the hands of a computer is a huge leap for some. When you ride in a car or drive one, you rely on trust. Trust of yourself or the person driving. You don’t typically get into a car with a drunk driver because you don’t totally trust their abilities in those moments of intoxication. For some, getting into an autonomous vehicle would be like letting the drunk sit on your lap while you both drive. You will likely get home just fine, however there was the fear the drunk was going to pull the steering wheel or hit the brakes. The drunk on your lap driving down the road could’ve killed you and only someone with nothing to loose would take that ride.
Of course an autonomous vehicle will out preform any driver. What is it thinking though? It’s a form of AI so what’s stopping it from putting on the brakes? Its software is, however software is imperfect and can get damaged. What if the right brake system glitches because of moisture? Or the steering? Have you ever seen your computer crash? Anything is possible when you take the control away from the controller. There is an override but if you need to press that button, then it’s probably too late.
Glitches aside, hacking is an even greater danger with these vehicles. Nothing is impossible and people will hack and stealing a car will be just be a few key strokes. Or if you are undesirable, people will not need to get their hands dirty. All they need is a keyboard and they can put you into the guardrail. When you die in a car accident controlled by a computer who is to blame? Not Tesla I assure you. No one is to blame, your death was caused by an error or an impossible avoidance instance. People get in accidents every day and most are due to negligence. This will save some lives however it will take the responsibility away from people. Drink as much as you like because the car is driving.
Autonomous vehicles are coming there’s no doubt. Tesla won’t be the only one producing these vehicles. Tesla is a great company and I trust the people there and their abilities. Tesla will have competition and I can’t say that I trust all the auto manufacturers and their ability not to cut corners. Non Autonomy should and will likely always be an option though. People have little trust of people and even less trust for machines.