Self driving cars

How do self driving cars work?

Self driving cars have a lot of technology that come together perfectly to create a safe driving experience. Firstly it uses several different types of sensors to detect its surroundings. For example. “Essentially, a video game takes code and turns it into digital image. Autonomous cars do that in reverse. They take visual and convert it into a code that its systems can interpret. That's how the steering, braking and throttle are able to be controlled just like a human driver. The on board computers are seeing like we do but on a much broader view,” quotes reporter Nick Jaynes from Mashable.com. Self driving cars are able to detect everything surrounding it and know exactly what it is. The car knows the difference between things and knows how to react appropriately. Self driving cars have spectacular sensors that are able to detect several things that would occur on the road such as pedestrians, stop signs, and everything under the sun. Paul Hood from alphr.com gives an example of how the technology is able to tell the difference between things, “The Google car can successfully identify a bike and understand that if the cyclist extends an arm, they intend to make a manoeuvre. The car then knows to slow down and give the bike enough space to operate safely.”

Are they safe?

Whenever the topic of self driving cars come up in conversation people always seem to ask “Are they Safe?” Well, of course they are. Self driving cars have been in only a few accidents and whenever they were it was mostly human error on another driver's end. Due to a recent study from U.S. Department of transportation/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration we have learned that 94% of car crashes are caused by human error. Let's just imagine for a moment that everyone who owns a normal car switched to self driving. That would eliminate 94% of car crashes. That would save a lot of lives. How many to be exact though? Well looking at a recent study from Association for safe international road travel shows that on average each year 1.3 million people die from car crashes. If we were to switch to self driving cars we save a approximately a total of 1.2 million lives per year.

Why use a self driving car as opposed to any other vehicle?

Whenever the topic of self driving cars come up in conversation people always seem to ask “Are they Safe?” Well, of course they are. Self driving cars have been in only a few accidents and whenever they were it was mostly human error on another driver's end. Due to a recent study from U.S. Department of transportation/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration we have learned that 94% of car crashes are caused by human error. Let's just imagine for a moment that everyone who owns a normal car switched to self driving. That would eliminate 94% of car crashes. That would save a lot of lives. How many to be exact though? Well looking at a recent study from Association for safe international road travel shows that on average each year 1.3 million people die from car crashes. If we were to switch to self driving cars we save a approximately a total of 1.2 million lives per year.

Why are big companies investing in self driving cars?

With the rise of self driving cars there are several car companies getting in on the action. Examples being Ford, Volvo, General motors, Tesla, Toyota and many more. The reason why so many companies are investing in self driving cars is because they see it as the future of cars. As time goes on and new innovations come along marketers adopt to that and make sure to prepare themselves for the coming years ahead. Uber ceo, Travis Kalanick discusses in an interview his viewpoint of preparing for the future. “I think it starts with understanding that the world is going to go self-driving and autonomous. Because, well, a million fewer people are going to die a year. Traffic in all cities will be gone. Significantly reduced pollution and trillions of hours will be given back to people — quality of life goes way up. Once you go, "All right, there's a lot of upsides there" and you have folks like the folks in Mountain View, [California,] a few different companies working hard on this problem, this thing is going to happen.” He also goes on to say “So if that's happening, what would happen if we weren't a part of that future? If we weren't part of the autonomy thing? Then the future passes us by, basically, in a very expeditious and efficient way.” Here he discusses how it would be a missed opportunity to skip out on self driving cars and also how it seems to be the future of transportation. He also talks about how beneficial they are and much safer they should be for everyone. Elon Musk, an inventor/designer says “In the distant future, people may outlaw driving cars because it's too dangerous. You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine” He is obviously be being humorous but he doe mention a good point. Self driving cars are safer than normal cars. The reason being that 94% of car accidents are caused by human error. If you'd like more information on that please refer to paragraph 2. Car companies are moving to self driving cars because it is a safer, more beneficial way of transportation.

Why should you care about self driving cars?

Self driving cars have a lot of technology that come together perfectly to create a safe driving experience. No longer will you have to rage over traffic or struggle to find a parking space. With this new invitation your life will change for the better. They take off hours of your life driving and gives them back to you to do whatever else you'd like. I found this on an article called 7 time consuming things an average Joe spends on in a lifetime. It says “According to a study done by the Harvard Health Watch, an average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. That means that in a lifetime, an average Joe spends a whopping 37,935 hours driving a car (assuming that s/he starts driving at 17 and drives until 78.7 years old).” Now just think about that for second. That is so much wasted time. With a self driving car you can take time and do some homework or perhaps finding some crucial paperwork or just use it for good old fashioned leisure time. Using such a vehicle gives you your life back and provides you the opportunity to do whatever you like. Not only does it give opportunity but it also gives a safer travel. As stated earlier if we were to all use self driving cars we would be able to save 1.3 million lives each year. You should care about self driving cars because it saves lives.

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Sources

How do self driving cars work?

http://www.alphr.com/cars/7038/how-do-googles-self-driving-cars-work#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCdYq3AhCFc

Are self driving cars safe?

http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812115

Why are big companies investing in self driving cars?

http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-on-the-future-of-driving-2014-10?scrlybrkr=572953da

Why use a self driving car as opposed to any other vehicle?

http://www.businessinsider.com/travis-kalanick-interview-on-self-driving-cars-future-driver-jobs-2016-8?scrlybrkr=572953da

Why should you care about self driving cars?

http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/tag/a-study-by-harvard-health-watch/

Mla Citations

Paul Hood, How do Google's self-driving cars work?, Alphr.com, April 4th.

Source: http://www.alphr.com/cars/7038/how-do-googles-self-driving-cars-work

Nick Jaynes, How do Self-Driving Cars Work? | Mashable Explains, Youtube.com, March 24

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCdYq3AhCFc

Elon Musk, ELON MUSK: In 5 Years You’ll Be Able To Get In Your Car, Go To Sleep, And Wake Up At Your Destination, Businessinsider.com, Oct. 15, 2014

Source:http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-on-the-future-of-driving-2014-10?scrlybrkr=572953da

Travis Kalvanick, Travis Kalanick on Uber's bet on self-driving cars: 'I can't be wrong', Businessinsider.com, Aug 18, 2016

Source:http://www.businessinsider.com/travis-kalanick-interview-on-self-driving-cars-future-driver-jobs-2016-8?scrlybrkr=572953da

Van Pappas, I Took A College Course In My Car, yoursmartmoneymoves.com

Source: http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/tag/a-study-by-harvard-health-watch/

Annual Global Road Crash Statistics, http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics

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