Finishing the Race: An Autonomous Vehicles Summary

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5 thoughts on “Finishing the Race: An Autonomous Vehicles Summary

  1. Sahnera Spruill

    New fascinating technologies has always been the focus of many science fiction novels and films. We often see cars that successfully drive themselves in movies and television shows, but now we seem to be nearly there and such cars could become a reality. Google has successfully test driven such a car for 140,000 miles. But would anyone want to actually drive one? I think that self-driving cars will definitely catch on. The post provides some pros and cons of self-driving cars such as the decrease there will be in car accidents, more efficient and faster drives and the use of personal vehicles probably not being necessary any longer. And cons such as need for continuous Wi-Fi, imperfect social structure, laws needing to catch up and possible loss of freedom. But I believe that the pros outweigh the cons.
    As one of the pros stated. There will be a drastic decrease in car accidents. Human error is so much greater than mechanical error. People love to do things in the moment without thinking of consequences. Some of these things include drunk driving, texting and driving, driving while sleepy, eating difficult meals while driving, etc. These are all things that a lot of people don’t have self-control with, good thing an autonomous vehicle doesn’t need to eat, sleep, or text its friends.
    One con listed that there may be a possible loss of freedom if laws mandate that humans cannot drive. But I doubt that’ll be the case. While Obama gave his blessing to self-driving cars he said that he cautioned that the government ensures consumer safety without doing too much in the industry in regards to regulation and I think that’d be upheld. If autonomous vehicles were to become the only vehicles we use I’d reckon that there would be an option for manual use, because a lot of people love driving. The self-driving option would most likely be used when people are intoxicated or just feeling too laxy to drive, which would be most of the time. That’s why I think self-driving cars would catch on, because people are very lazy, including me. There is an article that tells you about the span of your life that you spend on certain activities. For example, on an average we spend about 25 years sleeping. I was hoping I could find a statistic on how long we spend driving and I did. On average we spend about 5 years driving. We spend 3 months of our lives in traffic. Both of these numbers absolutely blow my mind. Autonomous vehicles may be our means to lower both of these numbers to approximately zero. Most people would be grateful towards the amount of things they could get done in the cars while traveling. We’d be able to make as many snapchats as we want, binge watch our favorite shows in peace and eat the most complicated dishes to eat right the comfort of our own cars. I didn’t know that there was a driverless Uber being used currently in Pittsburgh. It’s weird to know how close we are to a world where self-driving cars will be normal. I can’t wait for the expansion of the driverless Ubers, that’d be an experience.

  2. Joselito Abarca

    The post “Finishing the Race: An Autonomous Vehicles Summary”? And who should be the ones who gets the automated vehicles? The pros of autonomous vehicles are less risk of accidents and faster/more efficient drives. The cons the post analyzes are the continuous need for WIFI, imperfect technology, law/politics will need to catch up and possible loss of freedom Autonomous vehicles are still in there early stages. According to Association for Safe Internal Road Travel, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. The fact that these vehicles have the potential to decrease vehicles accidents is fascinating. After a long day of work or after going out on the weekends, individuals can lay back in their car and the vehicle take you to your destination. However, I see many issues arises from autonomous vehicles. For example, police departments make a lot of money from giving out tickets. With autonomous vehicles, the amount of tickets police officers give will decrease. Another issue that arises from this technology is that many jobs will be replaced. At the beginning of the semester I read an article called “The Driverless Truck Is Coming, And It’s Going to Automate Millions of Jobs” in which it talked about a self-driving truck that drove across Europe to Port of Rotterdam Approximately 1.6 million Americans work as truck drivers. This means that 1.6 million Americans will no longer be able to feed their families and will endure financial struggles. Transitioning to a different job is not easy, especially in this competitive market where jobs are scarce and the integration of technology has made it even worse. Furthermore, self-driving vehicles will negatively affect other industries that rely heavily on serving drivers for revenue. Businesses such as gas stations, rest stops, motels and dinners will eventually run out of business since everything will be powered electrically. Furthermore, Uber has tested its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburg Pennsylvania and the plan of Uber’s Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is to eventually replace Uber’s 1.5 million drivers. Many of the jobs Uber created are now in jeopardy. Other companies such as Tesla and Google are also trying out this new technology. Technology tends to malfunction at times, and if this occurs while driving it can be catastrophic. Before these vehicles enter the market, a thorough investigation should be conducted to try and reduce the possibility of an error. The post also brings up some important questions such as was interesting because it brought up important questions such as when accidents occur, who should be liable?, Whose in charge of the insurance and will be able to get these vehicles. When these vehicles first hit the market they will be extremely expensive. The average American will not be able to afford one of these autonomous vehicles. The who are disabled can benefit from the autonomous vehicles because it can take them from point A to point B without having to rely on someone else to give them rides. It is important to wait and see how lawmakers will react to this innovation.

  3. Vannesa Martinez

    First I would like to acknowledge the video made for this article post “Finishing the Race: An Autonomous Vehicles Summary”. I thought it was an ingenious way to wrap up their topic of autonomous vehicles buy creating the short video summarizing their most significant facts about this futuristic topic that is going to be coming sooner at humans’ disposable. The idea of making the idea is a great way for them to keep the attention of their audience while not writing paragraphs in length. In the video aspect of the article, I thought it was a different and smart move on the author’s part to wrap up the topic.
    In regards to the content itself, I have always been fascinated at the idea of self-driving cars now being tested in cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to see their operation out in the real world and how it can learn to handle a variety of situations. I never thought that society would be so close of building these types of cars or that they would be close to operational in a decade or two. Autonomous cars signify that the future technological innovations are closer to becoming a reality than anyone ever anticipated. And this anticipation symbolizes the growth we have done globally to step forward and look at new approaches to new creations we once thought were impossible to manufacture and operate. The idea of their introduction into society will make roads a lot safer and make commutes more efficient as the cars are pre-programmed to know about their commute and road conditions and how to respond to a variety of potential situations. They are seen as a huge potential benefit to those who cannot drive due to disabilities or to having the lack of knowledge about not knowing how to drive. I have been supportive about autonomous cars being introduced because our world revolves around technology, and if adding it into cars can make travels safer and efficient then it should be a factor to their societal integration.
    The video brought up a number of points that I had never thought about in regards to some of the cons we can potentially be faced with in the future. I did not think about how autonomous cars can threaten our freedom or inhibit us of being about to drive on the roads. This is going to impact people negatively in the greater sense if the legislature creates laws that mandate people not to continue driving anymore. Since there will be self-driving cars, then it will not be seen as a necessity that people will need to drive. The laws and politics will greatly need to catch up as society does continue to advance. However, it is still rendered and seen that our laws are still outdated today and does not reflect the changing society that we are currently facing today. The law system will need to reflect the issue of autonomous vehicles and legalities and restrictions that will need to be placed on them. On the con aspect, there is definitely a lot more advancement to be made that needs to happen sooner so our society can maintain its balance. Overall, I do believe that autonomous cars present a number of positive factors that will help improve future road conditions.

  4. Thomas Batelli

    The discussion of autonomous vehicles has been recurring for some time now. Autonomous vehicles are capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Of course, this ties in with similar ethics to that of AI, or artificial intelligence, so the moral of it can be considered from both angles. Just like we are already experiencing some forms of artificial intelligence in everyday life, such as Siri and Alexa devices, autonomous features on cars have already made their way into the lives of many. Some cars have autonomous braking system, which essentially does the job for you if you fail to stop on time with another vehicle or object in front of you.

    Autonomous vehicles have their pros and cons. Some of the pros of autonomous vehicles are that they decrease the risk of accidents, are faster and more efficient and are less redundant. Some cons are that they need continuous Wi-Fi, do not have perfect sync to law/politics and the natural imperfections of every day life could interfere with the systems capability of always doing the right thing. Honestly, I believe that is fully inevitable with any AI device, as they do not have the capability of human reasoning, therefor ethics and moral understanding come into play.

    Experiments in autonomy have been seen around the globe by Tesla, Uber and even Google, although many companies still face challenges. Who should be held responsible in case of an accident? In this case, who would be in charge of the insurance? Law and policy is not aligned quite right yet for this type of scenario to be of common occurrence. Although these vehicles can show positive effect to people’s lives such as those with impairment who would naturally not be able to drive as well as those who don’t know how to drive. There are a lot of issues that are still on the table when it comes to the safety and efficacy of these autonomous devices.

    Personally, I would feel extremely out of place in an autonomous device. I do not mind driving, and think that it comes naturally as it is. There is always going to be natural room for error and human mistake, but I also believe that technology is not perfect either. The higher up that humans have over any technological device or artificial intelligence (whether it be robot, autonomous car, siri device, etc.), is that humans have the ability to reason, and man made machines do not. Also, devices like this do not know how to experience human emotion either, which some may find to be dangerous.

    With the world hastily advancing, we must all prepare ourselves for the many changes that are to come in the near future that will affect our everyday lives. I personally would not care for an autonomous car, as I feel it is stripping me of my freedom and liberty to do what I would like to do, when I would like to do it. Having to rely on technology for everything will be the downfall of the human race and the day that we place technology before the greater goods of life, such as love, trust and happiness, we will meet the end of the world.

  5. Daniel Alvarez

    Technological advancement will always be at the forefront of innovation. Technology is able to enhance productivity while using less resources and labor. Overall, improving the quality of life for many. Autonomous driving is one of the many technological advancements that may take over. It is proven that it can in fact save lives because human error is said to cause many if not all accidents. This is because humans do not make the right decisions sometimes which is part of our genetic makeup. We cannot always calculate each outcome with precision. We chose to eat and drive, text and drive, drink and drive while autonomous vehicles are manufactured to calculate the most effective speed limits and steering angles. They are designed to maximize efficiency and to not create accidents. In addition, sometimes people don’t feel like driving. Always, new technology is invented to allow humans to do less work and be lazy. Some people can survive a day of entertainment within the confines of their couch. This is no different. I can envision myself buying an autonomous car because there are many times I do not feel like driving. When it’s accessible commercially many people will catch on to the trend, as it will indeed be one. There are many companies implementing autonomous driving today. There are driverless Ubers in Pittsburg, google test runs in California, and delivery trucks in Europe that are all taking initiative in autonomous driving.
    Living in north New Jersey, driverless cars are literally right around the corner in Pittsburg. The driverless Uber program is groundbreaking. I know that I’d pay for a driverless car to take me place and I’m sure there are many more potential consumers in that area. Inevitable expansion will cause some problems however. I know that my uncle is an Uber driver and that is where a lot of his income comes from. Uber has over 160,000 drivers in 54 different countries. If all drivers see their jobs taken by autonomous vehicles that would be a huge blow to the economy. With everything, the pros need to be weighed with the cons in order to take everything into consideration and do the best thing for the most amount of people. It would no doubt take a great amount of time before there is a notable amount of autonomous Uber drivers but with any situation that involves job loss to a great degree I believe the government must get involved via spending. Overall, I believe the pros outweigh the cons in the case of autonomous driving and I cannot wait to experience it first hand by either heading out to Pittsburg or eventually obtaining a self-driving car for myself.


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