What Makes Smart Cars Better Than Their Non Autonomous Counterparts?

757 Words Dec 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Autonomous automobiles or “smart cars” have been spreading like wildfire across the globe over past couple of years. With the sudden rise and advancement of something so complex comes a slew of moral questions and dilemmas. Are these cars safe? What makes smart cars better than their non-autonomous counterparts? How “autonomous” should these cars be? Would some of these cars potentially take jobs from other industries? These are just some of the moral questions faced by the US alone with the rise of self-driving cars. How will self-driving cars know to not just kill one of its passengers? What are the odds of a smart car suddenly experiencing a glitch and careening into a wall or nearby pedestrian, thus killing them? Would this not just be the same as murder? Ultimately, how safe are autonomous cars? Autonomous vehicles, according to “Driver’s Seat” view the world around them through a series of cameras and radars located in key points along the outside of the vehicle which take in data in order to determine the best course of action to take to get the passengers of the vehicle to their destination as safely as possible. There are several small autonomous sensors, cameras, and systems which are being introduced to newer car models in 2016; which, according to Adrian Lund in "Advancing Vehicle Safety at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2016 (and Beyond)," have overall resulted in up to 19% reduction of bodily injuries for vehicles with forward collision warning…

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