Are Autonomous Cars Reliable?

by | Jan 7, 2019 | Auto Pilot & The Future

Let’s look into the future. Well, what we see is by 2030 60% of the cars on the road will be autonomous cars or at least be equipped with enough equipment to be able to navigate the world’s roads on their own!

Should we trust this upcoming and fastly developing technology or should we take a step of precaution before asking our cars to pick our kids up from school?

Are Autonomous Cars Reliable?

Are they reliable? Well if you pace the question that way, yes they are reliable. They are way more reliable than they were a few years ago.

Today’s autonomous cars are equipped with enough sensors to monitor every move the objects around the car perform.

Yes, you will be able to take your eyes off the road while you trust your car to monitor lane changing and overtaking.

They are even well trained to act in cases of emergency! Basic maneuvers and emergency maneuvers are just logical steps to an operation. And that one thing that handles logical thinking well? Computers!

Are Autonomous Cars Safe?

Well, the answer is they will never be totally safe! What they will be is “safer” as time progresses.

Humans are dangerous whatever technology we provide ourselves with.

Back in 2016, a Tesla was involved with the death of a 40-year-old man when his tesla dive off the highway. A Lot of backlashes was expected against the technology, but what followed is an investigation done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), showed that it wasn’t the cars’ fault at all!

Putting Safety in Reliability

It is a humongous challenge for the designers, engineers and programmers to design and engineer a system that is small enough with all the sensors but accurate enough to put the trust in.

The idea is to feed the car an accurate representation of the world much like how our brain sees using our eyes, judge the gaps, factor in distance and speed and differentiate between an object and living beings.

The most promising development in this field is the use of artificial intelligence to train the cars and age them. Ageing a system is like ageing wine to be just the finest wine!

Ageing involves running thousands of scenarios and simulations of the real world issues on the system of the car and training it to make the snappiest decisions at the quickest pace.

Ageing also involves teaching the A.I to choose the right thing in every possible case. Once the AIs are trained for the safekeeping of the passengers and pedestrians to the maximum, we sure can trust our safety on autonomous cars!

The second most promising field of development in autonomous cars is providing cars with the ability to communicate with each other.

It’s basically how ants navigate talking to each other, finding the safest and shortest pathway to a location. Cars will be able to talk to each other and be warned of the road conditions ahead, who should make the turn first without crashing and maybe even weather updates letting the car remind you to put on those snow tires or change the wiper fluid!

When Can We Start Trusting the Technology?

The answer is a few years ago.

Mercedes and Volvo both developed an autonomous technology that allowed them to automatically break when approaching obstacles and change lanes on the highway.

The technology is at its peak and runs without a glitch in today’s commercial vehicles.

So we can say with a guarantee, you can have some trust in autonomous car technology because it’s a technology that’s going to be there in the future that will get better every single day!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, autonomous cars are a long way from being safe to everyone on the road, but they are reliable to the user in everyday use even today!

They will continue to be safer day by day, meaning you and me will be able to trust an autonomous car in a situation where it will have to save ourselves in the car or steer safe from an unexpected road crossing individual!

Whatever the logical and ethical outtake is, autonomous cars are here to stay, and they will be a big part of our lives just like our smartphones.