Self-driving Cars Not Ready For Deployment
Clearing misconceptions about self-driving cars the experts on Tuesday claimed that they were not ready for deployment “yet”. The claim came forward after pressure to have them run on the road was felt.
Missy Cummins, who is handling the Robotics Program at Duke University, told the Senate that the self-driving cars aren’t prepared to handle bad weather which including standing water, snow, heavy rains or even drizzle. She also added that the cars were also not equipped to take or follow instructions of police officers.
“I am decidedly less optimistic about what I perceive to be a rush to field systems that are absolutely not ready for widespread deployment, and certainly not ready for humans to be completely taken out of the driver’s seat,” she said.
At the same time, Cumming also added another concern about hacking. Hacking these cars to take control of the navigation systems will not be a daunting task for professional hackers.
“It is feasible that people could commandeer self-driving vehicles … to do their bidding, which could be malicious or simply just for the thrill of it,” she said.
No one other than Cummings herself raised their voices in the Senate committee to set minimum standards on the vehicles in order to protect data privacy.
“These cars are going to be one big data-gathering machine,” she said. “It’s not clear who is going to be doing what with that data.”
Google and General Motors were against the idea of delaying the deployment of self-driving cars. The agenda they presented was most of the auto-fatalities were a cause of human error, these self-driving cars can prove a millstone in reducing that number. They also claimed that these self-driving cars can be very beneficial for handicapped drivers or people with disabilities.
But according to a report published by National highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are many legal hurdles involved before these self-driving cars can be seen roaming on toads. But steps are being taken and the agency will soon come up with a policy to ensure self-driving cars will soon be launched for general public, the report included.
After the publication of other report, another claim by GM’s vice president for strategy, Michael Ableson, came. he beehives than even though these self-driving cars may soon be seen on roads, it will still take a few years before these self-driving cars can actually be fully autonomous.