Self-Driving Car Technology Advancing Slowly
USA- As 2019 comes to a close, carmakers and tech companies are falling short on many promises to bring self-driving vehicles to this decade, according to YAKTRINEWS.COM. Tesla's Elon Musk originally spoke of ambitious driverless cross country travels by 2017. GM promised self-driving rides by 2019, while Ford gave itself until 2021.*
Numerous issues are impacting driverless development. A tragic self-driving vehicle accident that killed a pedestrian in Arizona prompted a nine-month hiatus for Uber’s efforts in the field.
Many issues plague the technology, including problems with the sensors that perform poorly in bad weather, trouble with navigating four-way stops, and difficulty merging into traffic. Developers are also not winning over public opinion as many people still fear the technology as unsafe.
Some experts believe that the vehicles will not be ready until someone reaches a breakthrough in the driverless technology.
Vehicles still make the wrong choices, and when they do, developers struggle to fix the issues.
Once the glitches in technology are worked out, manufacturers will have to convince legislators that the vehicles are safe. Even then, the legislation for self-driving vehicles is not likely to arrive until long after the vehicles do. On top of proving that the technology can perform as intended, designers and programers are left with complex questions regarding morality. When a vehicle is presented with a scenario that involves protecting its occupants or protecting others on the road, there are no easy answers for what a program should or should not do. Artificial intelligence struggles when presented with a new situation it has not been faced with in the past. As of now, driverless vehicles are not likely to be on the roads in a big way, at least in the near future.
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