The Pros And Cons Of The Automotive Industry

The automotive industry adapting to the fast-changing world of technology. If Henry Ford could be here, he would be amazed at how advanced vehicles are today. With each generation of transportation, the average car is becoming more of a personal computer than just an engine with wheels. The average car owner in 2016 can now get a Wi-Fi chip installed in their vehicle. This brought forth new features to vehicles that were never done before. With artificial intelligence moving forward, the decision comes down to having computer driven cars. This makes people question whether we should allow a computer to make decisions for driving instead of using our own judgment. The idea of integrating self-driving cars into the world is still a debatable …show more content…
Some main concerns are needing to tell the car where to go and get it running, decrease jobs in transportation field, technology fails, and cost to create these vehicles. One example of these cons occurred on February 14th, 2016 in California. Alex Davies from Wired talks about the Google car having its first crash. In the article, he states the following, “After a few cars had passed, the Google AV began to proceed back into the center of the lane to pass the sand bags. A public transit bus was approaching from behind. The Google AV test driver saw the bus approaching in the left side mirror but believed the bus would stop or slow to allow the Google AV to continue. Approximately three seconds later, as the Google AV was reentering the center of the lane it made contact with the side of the bus” (5). This tells policymakers that self-driving cars aren’t ready just yet for major law changes since they’re still in development. Another con is who is to blame when an accident occurs (which means even if someone gets hit by the self-driving car deciding on the blame of the technology vs the person(s) in the vehicle are to blame), and the potential for hackers attacking the cars, and taking control of the vehicle. There are pros that could change the mind of the people against self-driving cars. Some pros are designated drivers aren’t necessary since you have the computer inside the car taking care of the driving, police officers could focus more on crime prevention than worrying about traffic safety, companies that focus on using vehicles for driving get a boost in revenue, and saving money on transit projects. The world is slowly evolving to having self-driving cars being more common. In an article written by Kevin Drew of USNews, “But this week, a U.S. software developer became the first to begin offering the driverless cars to the public, beginning the experiments on the streets of Singapore.

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