Humans vs. Machines: The Battle Facing Autonomous VehiclesAs more companies continue to steer the future of autonomous cars, human drivers can expect to interact with more autonomous vehicles on public roads. Whether those interactions are in test sites or in large cities like Pittsburgh for different weather testing, the public is more likely to encounter an autonomous car than at any point in history. One aspect that many transportation experts have not considered when thinking about autonomous cars is how driverless cars will impact road rage among human drivers. Will human drivers are more forgiving of an autonomous company, or will humans become more aggressive if a robotic car cuts them off or causes a crash? Who can human blame for an incident that involves a driverless vehicle, and how will this play out in the dynamic driving environment like city streets? Let’s take a look at how A.I. and autonomous car technology could impact the future of road rage among human drivers on our public roads!
Road Rage: The Nasty Side Of Our RoadwaysRoad rage is considered the ugly side of driving because it is the aggressive or violent behavior of one motorist spurred on by the actions of another driver on the road. If you have driven on public roads then you have likely already experienced road rage in one way or another, like:
- Inciting a fight with obscene gestures or yelling at you from their vehicle.
- Cutting you off or driving aggressive if another driver feels you have “wronged” them.
- Tailgating, honking, and “brake checking” unnecessarily.
- Stopping their vehicle and getting out to engage in a physical altercation.
Road Rage And AI Driven CarsAutonomous cars promise a future of safer roads and more efficient transportation systems. Without the need for human drivers, self-driving vehicles will be able to talk to each other and drive seamlessly between destinations and remove many variables that human drivers experience on the road. While the future of autonomous car technology is bright, the short-term transaction between traditional drivers and robotic systems will need to be closely monitored to ensure futuristic technologies work in today’s driving environment. If an autonomous car accidentally cuts a human driver off, the human driver won’t be able to direct anger at another person since onboard technologies are leading the self-driving car. The truth is that engineers are not able to anticipate every variable or establish rules to handle all situations when on the road. Many companies focus on advancing technologies like LIDAR or processing, while few companies have considered how humans and robots will interact while driving.
The New Kind Of Road RageAs companies continue to press forward with autonomous technology, our society will need to develop a way to communicate with these robotic vehicles to ensure safe travel for everyone on the road. The one variable that continues to prompt concerns are how humans will interact with autonomous vehicles as the transition to a fully autonomous driving system is implemented. Silicon Valley is optimistic about the future of autonomous car technology, but the average driver still has reservation about how self-driving vehicles will work in the real world. Companies developing autonomous car technologies have many obstacles to overcome. From improving the security and speed of data transfers to working with local and state governments, the future of self-driving cars is not guaranteed. The coming two to five years will be instrumental in the development and adoption of autonomous car technologies, and auto companies will need to develop AI that is dependable enough to help the average driver trust decisions and minimize unnecessary mistakes that could lead to road rage.
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