Written by Ashton Deroy
Casner, Stephen M. The challenges of partially automated driving. N.p.: ACM Digital Library, 2016. Print. This is an article from the digital Library technologies data-base from Seneca College. It discusses the challenges in self-driven vehicle technology. This article helps to prove that this technology is much too risky to come to the market. I apply this to explain why it would be a dangerous technology on the Toronto Roads and Toronto Market. Highlights of this article are the lack of awareness in drivers, the need for manual control and consciousness and how similar technology in planes still has errors.
If anyone has taken direction to travel advice from a GPS recently they realize that this is not a perfect science. In face once when I was out on the road with my friend Kella, her GPS tried to kill us 2 times. Once by trying to drive us off a bridge, once trying to get us to turn in to oncoming traffic. Needless to say rational human common sense is what saved our lives! Now let’s remove that…
First off we are going to have issues when we encourage the drivers to be less attentive to the road. Secondly you can’t program a computer to account for every unpredictable element in Toronto. Lastly all technology has some acceptable amount of errors!
We thought our demises would be met by drunk or texting drivers, this was because it took away the focus from the driver and made them clumsy. How attentive are they going to be when we reduce the amount of time they navigate the vehicle? Some of us are like “Screw personal drivers! It is 2020 I want a computer to take me to work. I will draft up marketing documents in the car while it handles the medial tasks.” Meanwhile it is this logic that will remain the logic that puts us through the window of the car before we even make it to work. Why is this? It is because just like texting and drinking distracted drivers. Automating the driver will have the pilot not thinking about driving as well.
Secondly how do you program a computerized driver to prepare for the other crazy drivers on a typical Toronto road? The Drivers who despite are supposed to stop at red lights, still manage to nearly kill people at crosswalks! The answer is you can’t. This is why people invented the process of defensive driving. This is not something you can really teach a machine because it something we learned through our human instincts.
Lastly all technology has an acceptable error rate. Honestly as long as a cell phone doesn’t explode. It will stand a chance on today’s tech market. What are the acceptable errors in automated driving? Losing signal in the middle of a highway and halting the drive? Or are we going to have some cool exploding robotic cars? Either way I don’t want to see it.
To conclude I don’t want the automated cars to even hit the market and the roads of Toronto. We will have distracted vehicle pilots, naive vehicle brains and unpredictable vehicle errors. Lets face it , Toronto is deadly enough without robotic cars! So I hope these never hit the market.