An invention stems from the
necessity of creating a simpler way to
do something. In 1885, the first gasoline powered automobiles replaced horse
carriages. In 1903 – a mere 18 years after
the first car – humanity took to the skies with the first ever plane. Soon, we
may even see the first flying cars.
A Matter of Automation
The main issue these days
surrounding land cars is a matter of convenience.
Technology started blending in with cars, giving them onboard computers capable
of many things.
During the latter half of
this decade, electronic cars started to overtake regular cars in terms of
popularity. GPS maps and getting directions are now easier than ever. Self-driving cars are also in the
horizon – but should it?
Human vs Machine Error
The idea behind self-driving
cars is simple enough. You input your destination, push a button, and your car starts
begins the trek. This can potentially
remove hassles such as driving
permits, knowing the area, or even knowing
how to drive. Using a self-driving car is basically hiring a cab – only this time the driver is an onboard computer.
An onboard computer making
the decisions, in theory, can decrease roadside accidents. This can prevent
issues such as being sleepy, drunk,
or simply inept at the wheel from creating incidents while driving.
So what is the problem here?
Well, it all boils down to human vs machine intuition. A learned individual can
make split-second decisions – a machine may not be able to do so. The programming of the car may also have
glitches. It may veer off course, or unexpected obstacles such as jaywalkers,
wild animals, or other cars may come up on the road. Will the car react
accordingly – or even on time – to
Can you really trust a car’s
intuition over your own? What do you guys think?