The widespread adoption of driverless cars is one of the most significant changes that we will see over the next few decades. In this article, we shall discuss some of the potential benefits and drawbacks that driverless cars can bring to society.
For many, the adoption of autonomous cars in India seems like a distant dream. It is astonishing to know that there are many start-ups currently working on automated vehicle technology for cars, trucks, and mini-buses. Their products are also being exported. Infosys announced a few years ago that it was creating a driverless car at the Mysore center. Although there is a split global opinion on self-driving cars, it will be here sooner or later.
How will these technological marvels impact our daily lives? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of self-driving cars and understand their implications.
Pros of Self-Driving Car in India
Self-driving cars have the advantage of being able to communicate with one another. This ability to communicate with each other in real-time would allow cars to travel at optimal distances. You’d be able to determine the best route to follow to avoid traffic jams.
The human-driven car can’t do this. They can’t anticipate traffic jams and calculate their movements. Self-driving cars will have a faster reaction time than regular cars. Potential danger will be minimized by the software and sensors.
Sustainable For Environment
The environment is another important factor in the self-driving car debate will transform into electric vehicles. Consistent speeds that self-driving cars travel at will decrease, braking and acceleration. All these factors will contribute to reducing emissions, and making the environment more sustainable. This will result in less fossil fuel use, less smoke, and cleaner air. India, which has many cities that are on the most polluted places in the world, will benefit from self-driving cars.
Saves Time & Enhances Productivity
Many Indians drive long distances in their cars to get to work, often navigating intense traffic. They will be able use this time to get to work with driverless cars. What about overnight journeys? Even if you are tired, you can still get some sleep. You will stop driving fatigued and lose track of where you are going.
Ease of Transportation
Self-driving cars may be an option for those who are unable or unwilling to drive. A self-driving vehicle would allow the elderly and those with disabilities to drive it without risking their lives.
Self-driving cars would be a great option for cities with poor public transit coverage. Auto-driving cars are able to reach areas with poor infrastructure
Cons of Self Driving Cars in India
Acceptance of Responsibility For Accidents
A driverless vehicle could be involved in an accident. The responsibility for the damages may fall on the owner or passenger or the person who designed the network. This is a grey area. This is the most important drawback of self-driving cars.
Indians are not the first to adopt new technology. This is a good thing because we can learn from other countries’ mistakes. Despite this, we will still have to go through our own trial-and-error phase with driverless cars.
Loss of Employment
People who depend on driving for their livelihood may lose their job with the advent of self-driving vehicles. All those in the taxi and trucking industries, as well as bus drivers, will need to seek new jobs. Automated cars will also replace drivers for Uber and fast food delivery.
Hacking is one of the possible cons of self-driving cars. Automated cars must share the same network protocol in order to communicate and coordinate with one another. Hacking could occur if a lot of cars are connected to the same network. Even a minor hack can cause serious damage to busy roads.
Driverless cars will not follow GPS. This is because GPS does not account potholes, recent changes, new signs, etc. This would need human intervention, which would defeat the purpose of a driverless vehicle.
To sum up, yes self-driving cars have some advantages, such as reducing accidents and making driving easier. However, hackers can also hack it. There are other disadvantages that can be overcome with technology.
Technology is a growing sector that creates jobs in one sector and causes unemployment in another. If it has an impact on drivers or public transport, it will create opportunities for other people involved in the production of autonomous cars.
Another issue to overcome is the legal approval for 100% of the autonomous cars to operate on roads. We cannot accept the risk of automation, unlike other industries. Some warplanes, drones, and other aircrafts are fully automated. They are useful in monitoring and security surveillance, as well as during natural disasters and spying. Self-driving cars cannot be made 100% automatic because the road scenarios are very different from those in the sky.