Driverless Vehicles: A Case Study

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Introduction

In this contemporary time, people live in a world where “computing power” are used for making lives easier – from robots used in factories for production or manufacturing to drones being used to deliver packages with ease. One particular topic of “computing power” though as mentioned in Jerome, Alain, & Eva (2013) is the fast improvement of autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars. There are a number of positive features regarding self-driving cars one example is allowing the senior population easier mobility (Frey, 2012). People in the 1950s began visualising a world where autonomous vehicles existed where they can relax while being transported to their destinations. According to Birdsall (2014) the vision of driverless cars
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However, this kind of technology is still being developed constantly and therefore some concerns or issues will arise. The biggest concern for most people is safety with using an autonomous vehicle and because of this a self-driving car will still require a human driver and this will cause some problems such as:
Human safety

One issue that can be discussed is the capability to cope with humans. Since an autonomous vehicle is considered a robot a “social interaction” must be as it is a major part of the world (Hodson, 2015). A self-driving car should be capable of cooperating with the human driver or passengers inside the vehicle. This means the car must be able to according to Hodson (2015) understand a situation that can cause danger to its human hosts. Such situations include such as being able to awaken the person (the driver) falling asleep in the car during long travels or managing to safely manoeuvre through a crowded street. Another situation would be merging into a lane during intense traffic on the road or allowing emergency vehicles to pass through and being really alert and ready when other vehicles are being
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The development of driverless cars can offer people with disabilities and the senior population the opportunity to enjoy riding a vehicle without driving at all. This new technology can be part of the New Zealand transport system in the coming future. By using the term “planning” for a management function
Recommendations

A strategic recommendation for the people of New Zealand is that to allow autonomous vehicles to be operated on New Zealand roads because adding to the safety and freedom of mobility, a driverless car can allow its passengers to use the travel time to study, do work, and sleep and this would definitely improve the lives of people. The introduction of these autonomous vehicles can also reduce casualties caused by road accidents, fuel efficient, and improved

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