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Let The Cars Do The Driving

The question being posed as the as the topic of this piece is “Are the Wave of Automatous Vehicles Safe”. Some of us can still member the lovable little white bug that was beating all competitors, and mostly all of us remember the talking black sport coupe with the red LED on the hood. From far back as I can remember there have always been a fanciful lover affair with self-driving and/or self-aware machines. Now we are living in a world where life is imitating art. Thanks to some of the great innovator of our modern times we working artificial intelligence and my favorite cars that can drive themselves. I truly love it. I use to come close to salivating at the sight of a self-driving car riding the 695 beltway, but I have it ask “Are they really safe”.

With the combination of lane awareness lane and gps technologies cars, truck, and even the mammoth commercial vehicles has staring launched onto our highways. Vehicles rolling down the interstates under the control of a bunch of 1’s and 0’s. The engineers say the vehicles have crash avoidance technology, but we have all seen the news clips of that technology not working out too work 100% as planned.

To be fair the safety systems to have proven to reduce to risk potential to cars from drifting into another lane or that warns the driver of a vehicles in their blind spot are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes. The lane-keeping study has looked at police crash data from about 25 states between 2009 and 2015. “Lane-keeping systems lowered rates of single-vehicle, sideswipe and head-on crashes of all severities by 11 percent, and crashes of those types in which there were injuries, by 21 percent, the study found.”

Even though I am a fan of the tech, I have to confess concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying on automated safety systems or become distracted by dashboard displays that monitor how the systems are performing.

Two safety institute studies found that lane-keeping systems, some of which even nudge the vehicle back into its lane for the driver, and blind-spot monitoring systems had lower crash rates than the same vehicles without the systems. Are you kidding me! Please read this section one time. Car are now correct the errors of the humans. All I can say is that is some awesome engineering. Woooooow!