Cars have always been the first in serving independence to people from all the shackles and bounds of transport and distance, but with the supreme advancement in technology, the driver is also getting his fair bit of independence with the introduction of self-driving cars also commonly known as autonomous or driverless automobiles that can function without manual inputs. With Google and Tesla, being the pioneer in this whole process of driverless cars, there is more to the imagination as you go about it. Listed below are few lesser known facts about self-driving cars.
- While it’s a new entry, the idea is far vintage
Now that we are really coming to believe in the reality of driverless cars, it originally was an idea conceived in a book back in the 1930’s where experts believed it would come to life by the 60’s, which clearly never happened. But with advancements by Google and Tesla, it’s more likely to be on the roads in the next 3 years.
- Many cars already have some features of a driverless car
While in reality, there aren’t fail-proof self-driving cars, but the distance between one and a manual car is reduced. Multiple automobiles now carry GPS, sensors and laser technologies that set an automation into play. Automatic braking, lane keeping and cruise control are now in the vista whereas other advancements are yet to follow.
- Features are not limited to cars
The features that are offered to cars are also offered to trucks, mini trucks, tractors, etc. There are in existence, trucks and tractors used in agricultural practices in Australia which are self-driven.
- Google has more than 50 such cars on the roads
In Phoenix and Austin, USA you can easily spot one of the many Lexus SUV’s and cars implanted by Google on the test run, all driving autonomous.
- Steering wheels were a last minute addition
Steering wheel. Pedals and brakes were earlier not designed for self-driving cars as Google believed it didn’t need them, but by law, they had to make amends.
- All recorded accidents of self-driving cars were to be blamed on humans
Autonomous cars have a rating of saving a crash almost 90% of the time and all the accidents that occurred were due to an external force by humans where they crashed into the driverless vehicle.
- Self-driving cars will save you a huge chunk on insurance
The companies for self-driving cars will most likely offer insurance based on the challenge of efficiency provided by them. Also, the cost of insurance will be reduced to a lot for autonomous cars.
- The process has accumulated due criticism
The question arises at every point when it concerns autonomous cars- whether to save the driver or have less damage to the car? This is the question that generates an age old debate on how it’s better to manually drive a car.