The Jetsons predicted the rise of Skype… but where are the flying cars? That might not happen anytime soon, but here’s something equally cool: cars that drive themselves! Sound scary? It’s really not when you’re 100% aware of how self driving cars work. I’ll explain myself below…
No Need for a Driver
Self driving cars don’t have a steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, or super busy dashboard. Why bother? The car can drive itself!
This creates an interesting situation. Self drivings cars are almost as small as clown cars… and yet the interior provides plenty of leg space, because there’s no clutter. Neat, huh?
Operated by Smartphone
Self driving cars wouldn’t do you any good without a GPS. How else would it know where to go? Driving in circles isn’t the best way to spend your time…
You don’t need to buy a GPS. The one in your smartphone is fine. All you have to do is type in your address and you’ll be taken to your destination. If you need the car to come pick you up, push a button and presto! Your ride awaits. It’s like having a free chauffeur.
More Aware Than You Think
“How could a computer be more aware than a human driver?”
That’s a natural question to ask. Understand: most traffic accidents are caused by human error.
That could be due to drunk or buzzed driving, which clouds a driver’s perceptions. Or it could be a result of distracted driving, which slows down your reaction time.
In either case, the result is the same: needless death and injury. Self driving cars don’t drink (obviously) and they can’t get possibly get distracted since they only have one job: drive!
Self Driving Cars Are Perceptive
They don’t have eyes, but they don’t need them. They’re equipped with sophisticated sensors. Self driving cars can easily detect more threats than even the most hyper-focused driver would notice.
There’s a GPS to establish the car’s location. Radar, lasers, and cameras constantly analyze the car’s surroundings. All of this data is submitted to a processing unit, which detects threats and guides the car’s actions in a way that minimizes risk.
It’s also worth noting self driving cars are less complacent than people. When you reach a certain age, it’s easy to stop learning and growing. Some people settle into their current habits – for better or worse – and don’t make a huge effort to change them.
Self driving cars have “learning” built into their system. They have a learning algorithm that makes them “smarter” as they gain experience. The coolest part? Every self driving car doesn’t have to learn in isolation. They share that information with the entire fleet.
Here’s an Example to Show You What I Mean
Let’s say a self driving car runs into a pot hole in the same spot several times. It’ll “remember” that information and say: “Hey guys! FYI: Look out for the pothole on the corner of 8th Ave. so we don’t get stuck with a flat tire,” to its self driving companions. Talk about teamwork!
Are there details to work out? Sure. Every road, street, and highway has varying challenges. Speed limits and traffic laws vary from state-to-state, which will be difficult to manage… but I believe it can be done. When self driving cars become “safe enough” to be tested nationwide, I predict the learning curve will become shorter. They’ll be on the market before you know it.
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