We’ve all seen the commercials. A family is driving along in their car, laughing and chatting and enjoying the scenery.
Then, all of a sudden, the dad turns to the mom and hands her the keys, saying “I hate to interrupt this, but I think it’s your turn to drive.”
The mom smiles and takes the keys, while the dad leans back and relaxes, knowing that he can finally take a break.
Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?
No more fighting for parking spots! No more road rage! You can just sit back and enjoy the ride while your car does all the work.But is this really what self-driving cars will be like? Are they really going to be the life-changing technology that we’ve been promised?
The answer, unfortunately, is probably not.
While self-driving cars do hold a lot of promise, there are still many challenges that need to be overcome before they can become a reality. For one thing, they’re extremely expensive. The cost of just one self-driving car sensor can range from $5,000 to $15,000—and that’s not even counting the cost of the actual car itself!
Additionally, there are significant legal hurdles that need to be addressed before self-driving cars can hit the road. For example, who would be liable in the event of an accident? The driver? The car’s manufacturer? The software company that created the self-driving software? These are questions that still need to be answered before self-driving cars can become a reality.
So, are self-driving cars really going to change our lives? Probably not in the ways that we’ve been promised.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth pursuing. Self-driving cars have the potential to make our roads safer and ease congestion. They also have the potential to provide mobility for those who cannot drive themselves.
So while they may not be life-changing in the ways we’ve been promised, self-driving cars still hold a lot of promise for the future.