Self-driving technology might definitely be the way to reducing the number of road accidents, but are we considering all the variables? Sure, a large part of road accidents is caused by human errors or human lack of attention but we’re not considering an important factor. In the self-driving era people’s attention will be further reduced, given the support of the self-driving technology. Will self-driving cars avoid all human mistakes, crazy people crossing streets at a red light, bikers trying to be smarter than those “stupid AI driven cars”? How will self-driving wise cars treat the smart-asses who break the rules?
The technology is new, but the dilemma is not: a self-driving car identifies a group of children running in the road. There’s no time at all to stop. To swerve around them would drive the vehicle right into a speeding truck on one side or on a cliff on the other, bring certain death to anyone inside. To anyone pushing to get a future to get independent vehicles, this question became the elephant in the room, argued over continuously by attorneys and regulators.
Compared to tying itself right into moral and ethical knots in an emergency, Mercedes Benz merely intends to program its self driving vehicles to save the people in the vehicle. All of Mercedes Benz future Level 4 and Level 5 independent vehicles will prioritize saving the individuals they take, according to Christoph von Hugo, the automaker manager of driver help systems and active safety. If you know you could save a minimum of one individual, at least save this 1. The world’s transport regulators have not taken a position on the sovereign car edition of the Trolley Trouble, but nobody doubts that attorneys will swarm in after the first smattering of fatalities affecting sovereign vehicles, regardless of whose life the vehicle sets as its top priority.
Swedish carmaker Volvo has recently said it may take up the same legal position when it starts selling self driving vehicles in 2020. Self-driving vehicles promise to slash motorized vehicle collision numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported there have been 35, 092 road fatalities in the US alone in 2015.
Humans have physical barriers to constant concentration, while radars, lidars, sonars, stereo cameras, along with a stunning array of sensor technology in self-driving vehicles don’t.