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How Self-Driving is Nearly Here (and Also Decades Off)

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You might have heard of electric self-driving vehicles. In the past several year's many shows, movies, public figures, and especially tech giants have said that they would become the norm in society. Many car companies, such as Tesla, have placed a massive bet that self-driving cars would become essential in a technologically progressing society.

 

So what can self-driving cars do for us? One benefit of self-driving cars is that they are equipped with technology commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence. The vehicles use this Artificial Intelligence to make split-second decisions on the driver's behalf to decide the best outcome intelligently. They do this with assistance with a mixture of sensors, radar, GPS, laser beams, and cameras. In the ideal state of self-driving cars, there would be no need for any human input.

 

Semi-fully autonomous vehicles have been made available in the U.S. as of late, but they sit in a gray area. They sit in a gray area because the cars with semi-full autonomy, such as Teslas, are still not reliable enough for the U.S. Government to trust their use without human involvement. When you use a Tesla in autonomy mode, you must have at least one hand on the wheel. 

 

There have been countless court cases in the U.S. and globally because self-driving cars are not entirely reliable to be on the road. The main reason self-driving vehicles are not considered reliable on the road is that there are bound to be glitches in the system or software, as with any computer. 

 

If the Artificial Intelligence glitches, it can lead to devastating consequences for the driver and pedestrians. Because of these unpredictable glitches, it is not yet safe or reliable to have a self-driving car with us on the road. The hundreds of unfortunate deaths that have occurred prove that they need further testing. 


When we imagine self-driving cars as safe to use, it will probably still take a few more years to find that solution. Whether or not you are a fan of self-driving vehicles, Service Plus Automotive is your destination for current cars maintenance or service needs. If you live in the Calcium/Fort Drum/Watertown area, schedule an appointment today with Service Plus Automotive. We are located at 27721 State Route 283, Calcium, NY 13616 (just across from Fort Drum), and we are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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