Autonomous driving technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, but Mercedes CEO Dietmar Exler says that doesn’t mean everyone will be in such vehicles. Traditionalists are estimated to still be driving among the robotic counterparts for at least two decades after they hit the streets, and while the new cars will be programmed to avoid collisions at all costs, humans are still not up to par. Be it phones, emotions, poor vehicle care, or any other distraction, humans simply do not meet the same black and white priorities a computer does. On top of this, the CEO claims that humans will take advantage of the safety-first mandate. With sensors to initiate stops, Mr. Exler claims that humans will actively target autonomous cars to get ahead in traffic.
Simply cutting off a car that will stop for you 100% percent of the time is just the tip of the iceberg when one really thinks about it. A person could walk onto the crosswalk without care, ignore stop signs, yield signs, or even traffic lights, to say nothing of cyber security and the risk of hacking. An automated driving system takes away the risk that causes humans to pause. That being said, the pros of automatically slowing down in a school zone, or around emergency vehicles, constant updates and changes on traffic, and no reckless speeding is quite the pull; the autonomous care will no doubt still be well on the way our roads.
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