Why people are refusing to believe that self-driven cars are safe and secure for use
How do self-driving cars work—and are people ready to adapt? Or is it a failure?
It’s 2020 already, and autonomous vehicles are now getting onto the fast lane for launch in the next decade. By the year 2030, 1/10 vehicles from all over the world will be self-driven. As per the latest Dossier Plus report from Statista, the market volume is expected to reach about $13.7 billion.
Currently, there are no legally operated, fully automated vehicles anywhere, but there are, however, partially autonomous vehicles with varying amounts of self-automation to highly independent, self-driving prototypes. Though still in infancy, self-driving technology is becoming increasingly common, but the actual reality seems far from what is projected.
Autonomous driving has come a long way, and many firms like Uber, Tesla from all over the world have been investing billions in self-driven cars. They are also facing immense costs being swallowed by their respective self-driving units. Traditional car manufacturers have come under pressure to raise capital to cope up with the costs associated with employee training and research.
Some of the challenges faced by autonomous cars are as follows.
Costs and Benefits are still hypothetical. More info will be needed to see how they will impact drivers, economy, equity, environment, and public health.
Safety is one of the most overarching concerns. Thousands of people die in motor vehicle crashes every year, and self-driven cars can hypothetically reduce the number. But, the software must prove to be less error-prone than humans, with cybersecurity being the chief concern.
Security is one of the main concerns that consumers see. Attacks from hackers are the main barriers in autonomous vehicle adoption. 4/5 of consumers don’t trust self-driven cars for vehicle security, and more than 70% of them believing that AV systems will not be safe from hackers.
Equity: Self-driven cars can help mobilize individuals who are unable to drive themselves, such as the elderly or disabled. But with widespread automation, it is sure to displace lakhs of people employed as drivers. Thus negatively will impact public transportation funding and perpetuating the transport system injustice.
Liability: Who is liable for accidents caused by autonomous cars? The passenger? Manufacturer? The vehicle? The latest blueprints in the market say that a fully autonomous level-5 car will not have a dashboard or a steering wheel, so the passenger onboard will not even have the option to take over control of the vehicle in case of an emergency.
Emotional vs. Artificial Impact: Human drivers mostly rely upon subtle cues and non-verbal communication- like making eye contact with pedestrians, reading facial expressions, etc. to make split-second judgment calls and to predict behavior. Will autonomous cars be able to replicate this sort of connection? We seriously doubt so, if they have the same life-saving instincts that human drivers have? Only time can tell.
Environmental impact: This may be of grave concern and major uncertainty. Accessible, affordable, and convenient self-driven cars are sure to increase the total amount of distance driven each year. If those vehicles are powered by petrol or diesel, then transportation-related climate emissions are sure to skyrocket. If, however, vehicles are electrified and paired with clean electricity, then transportation emissions could drop, perhaps significantly.
It is high time for companies to think of a more sustainable and earth-friendly alternative when it comes to autonomous vehicles and emissions.