The driverless car is closer than you think. But who will own and control these brave new machines: The traditional automakers or new tech giants?
The plot thickens?
Now the giant Apple conglomerate is looking into developing DRIVER LESS cars, to compete with the other giant Google. This article looks at the unease that this is causing in the auto industry, amongst the car manufacturers.
Thankfully, i do not think that we will see many of these cars . Hence, in Halifax . Where my garage is based. Of course, I am certain that they will pop up somewhere in the country. Especially, where the road conditions are more suitable. Although, I still cannot get my head round the thought of these things driving on our roads?
Driverless cars in Halifax?
Although the technology is here, I just cannot get the idea of driverless cars running around on our roads. Out of all the new inventions that we are seeing in the recent past, especially around the car industry, then this is the one that my brain just will not take in, the driverless cars.
We will have lines of small driverless cars trailing each other as they go about their task of getting from A to B at 20 mile per hour. It reminds me of when I was a kid and used to watch Flash Gordon. The upper levels of the cities had little cars all in a row, but not on roads as we know them but on sky roads. As kids we thought that that was the future, but it never happened.
This idea also reminds of the London Docklands Light railway, which are driverless trains that automatically take passengers from A to B without any driver, the safe thing is that they are on rails to guide them, whereas the driverless cars will be battling against actual people who prefer to drive their own cars, I suspect it will not be too long before we see the first crash between humans and the driverless cars, that should be interesting.
Will Driverless cars ever take off?
I just cannot see it happening to a country like the UK with its busy crowded roads, perhaps someone out there can explain to me how it will all work. A simple thing is that if there was a crash who would be responsible for say exchanging insurance details or even just taking the blame, I suspect it will be the human drivers fault in any case, but if not will the driverless cars have to go to court? And show there images of the crash on the on-board cameras.
I am looking at this light heartedly, but there are issues that will require ironing out before these things are let out on the roads.
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