Self-driving automobiles and “smart” cars with advanced systems
are often advertised as the first step towards an accident-free America.
All of these new features are meant to take responsibility out of the
hands of the driver in order to stop
car accidents caused by human error, such as
driver distraction or
intoxication. While it might be impossible to halt the forward march of technology
and science, should it be slowed when it comes to smart cars? Are these
autonomous vehicles actually making roadways safer? Or, do they contribute
to the problem in their own way?
How Smarter Cars Might Make Worse Drivers
The main concern in the argument against self-driving vehicles is that
encourage distracted driving, not deter it. Most self-driving cars allow the driver
to input a destination into an onboard GPS system, put their hands on
the steering wheel, and sit back while their car does the rest. No matter
how “smart” a vehicle becomes, it will never have the full
spatial awareness of a human. A driver sitting back and relaxing in a
self-driving car, not paying attention to the road ahead, can become a
significant hazard. Indeed, Tesla has urged again and again that drivers
in their self-driving cars always pay full attention and be ready to take
back control of the vehicle at any time. It is feared that most drivers
are not heeding this warning.
Beyond the possibility of making driver’s dangerous complacent behind
the wheel, smart cars equipped with new safety features have sometimes
caused serious collisions due to those very same features. A top offender
of safety tech turned dangerous is lane control assisting technology,
which is supposed to make adjustments to the vehicle’s steering
when the driver starts straying out of their lane. Some cases have shown
that the lane control sensors malfunction or overcompensate, throwing
the car into adjacent lanes and causing accidents. Whether these safety
features actually get better in time is unfortunately left to speculation
and the word of automakers.
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