Nowadays, in the market, it can be seen that there is a big race in technology. One of the same concepts is of driverless cars which may be set to become reality. At least that is, if the executive behind the taxi app Uber is to be believed. Currently Uber is taking its biggest steps yet towards a driver free World launching the Uber advanced technology centre in Pittsburgh. The ultimate goal of this institution is to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy Technology.
Uber’s point of view towards driverless cars
Till date, Uber has provided a chauffeur-driven taxi in American cities. Venturing into the realms of driverless cars is there for a new direction which will require massive investment. It is indeed a huge Leap of Faith on over same since Technology has yet to catch up with the idea of a fully autonomous vehicle. On the plus sidecars equipped with self-driving Technology can already perform challenging works like parking as well as stay in lane and maintain a steady cruising speed. In a Patchwork fashion such cars could eventually build up to almost fully automation and Uber believes that car owners will readily embarrass the idea of the driverless taxi.
In Uber’s eyes, current car owners only stand to gain by the introduction of such Technology. Heading on a driverless car means that the client does not have to pay for the cost of the driver in the cab. The only cost include is for fuel plus wear and tear. It is certainly an attractive proposition. Uber stands to benefit, too, since employees currently working as taxi drivers will be removed from the company’s payroll. Apparently, for car drivers and Uber, it is a Win-Win situation. And it will be cheaper for the client also to travel in a driverless car.
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Effect of driverless cars in the Automobile sector
Not everyone will benefit however from this technology the car industry begin an obvious example. Not surprising the industry views the concept of self-driving Cars with a sense of growing alarm. Such Technology could prove the death knell for private car ownership. As a result, the industry is dragging its seat over the manufacture and introduction of fully automatic vehicles into the market due to commercial issues.
The commercial aspect apart, there also the safety issue. A fully-automated car could respond to most eventualities in the course of a trip, would it be capable of responding to unforeseen events, such as changes in route or an unexpected divergence? Eventually, the government also have the same opinion.
Companies and government reaction
Currently, no matter how much automation a car has it still requires a driver with a full license behind the wheel to drive on public roads. robot drivers, on the whole, have the upper hand on their human counterparts safety-wise that still does not guarantee that they will become legal. As a consortium of researchers put if self-driving Cars cut the roughly 40,000 annual US traffic facilities in half. The car makers might get not 20,000 thank you notes but 20,000 lawsuits.
What will be the future of driverless cars
Interestingly Uber is now undertaking an aggressive hiring campaign for taxi drivers to meet the demand for their taxi app. It seems that even Uber is less than confident that driverless taxi will soon become reality. It is too early to say whether Uber is backing doomed campaign or instead is about to bring in a technology that will be University greeted with positivity and acceptance depends entirely on public view.