This week marked a turning point in human evolution when Nevada became the first state in the Union to make legal for an autonomous automobile to cruise state highways, bridges and roads without a driver.
Which makes sense since it’s a driver-less car.
Google has been working on its driver-less car for more than a decade. using in-car satellite and GPS navigation system, coupled with an abundance of sensors mounted around the exterior of the car, like collision avoidance systems, motion detectors, speed and obstacle detectors; the new cars are designed to operate themselves, taking occupants wherever they want to go in the shortest, most efficient way possible. A person can still ride in the front seat and all equipment needed to operate the car is available if that person needs to manually take control of the vehicle, but otherwise, they can sit there and read a newspaper, talk, text or watch a video while the car does all the work.
Safety experts hope the new cars will bring with them a stellar safety record. they believe by removing the human element in driving, the roadways will become safer for everyone by default. Autonomous vehicles will not speed, follow too closely, disobey traffic laws or be prone to aggressive driving. Autonomous vehicles will not get frustrated in traffic, or drive carelessly when the roads are slick with rain or snow. They will also (because they are wirelessly connected to the latest traffic information) avoid highly congested roads and areas helping alleviate traffic concerns.
This has many safety experts touting these autonomous vehicles as a major step forward when it comes to driving safety. They believe the new cars will mean safer roads for everyone. They hope that eventually all cars will become autonomous vehicles freeing up the ‘drivers’ to do whatever they want behind the wheel during their daily commute. This way, they say, without humans in the equation, the number of traffic related fatalities caused by things humans do (drink and drive, text and drive, fall asleep at the wheel) will also dramatically decline.
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