The Race to Self Driving Cars

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The Race to Self Driving Cars

Technology continues to grow rapidly today even in ways that animate my childhood imaginations. The time for self driving cars has come and although many are excited for the innovation, there are others who still seem hesitant for any implementation to happen until many more tests are done. Different companies such as Uber, Tesla, and Waymo are all hopping on this wave in hopes to be the first successful and dependable company for self driving cars. As hopeful and exhilarating the idea may be, all of these companies have already encountered issues with their products including accidents and casualties. The promotions for self driving cars continue even after the accidents, such as Uber seeking redemption by requesting the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to start testing their self driving cars again with new safety protocols. Tesla has shown progress with their limited self driving cars but even with that there have been accidents and deaths which prolong the release for their full self driving cars that were supposedly going to be ready in 2017.

These companies are progressively improving their products and AI (Artificial Intelligence) and are also persisting through all the failures faced along the road through consistent positivity and hopefulness in their promotions. It seems as if everyone is anxiously waiting for the day full self driving cars will be mobilized, but until these cars can surely prove its capabilities of improving traffic results without human intervention, we’re just going to have to patiently spectate the race to see which company will release the first sufficient and successful self driving car.


2 Comments

Alex Krause

Alex Krause

November 6, 2018at 3:13 pm

Great blog. I’m kind of on the fence about self driving cars. On one hand, I am the kind of person who really enjoys driving. But, on the other hand, self driving cars would make long road trips much more bearable. I think that Tesla’s current autopilot technology recognizes these conflicting ideas. Autopilot can take over for long trips on the highway, but drivers still have to take the wheel when driving around town. The day where self driving cars are fully accepted will come someday but, before that day comes, companies will have to prove that their technology is safe and incorruptible.

Brendon Ramdeholl

Brendon Ramdeholl

November 6, 2018at 3:25 pm

I think it’s going to be a while before we actually have efficient and safe self driving cars. What worries me the most is the algorithm they’re going to use that prioritizes a specific person’s safety in an inevitable crash.

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