Driverless cars are no more imagination in a Science fiction novel or short story. It is soon going to be a reality in everyone’s life.
When I wrote a science fiction story in this blog, I mentioned a character of the short story using driverless car for shopping. Even though, autonomous cars were in my imagination, I never expected its arrival before 2030.
People who are car enthusiastic expected that it may be possible by 2030 or a bit later than that. Latest reports on leading newspapers suggest that the driverless cars are soon going to be tested on the roads of U.K from January 2015 in few selected cities. The selection of those cities will be based on a bid.
Driverless car senses its surroundings with the help of various techniques such as Radar, GPS, Computer vision, etc. and move accordingly. How is it possible to sense a child playing near the footpath of a road? What will happen if the sensor is not working properly or working exactly opposite to what it is expected to do? There is a big list of such questions on our mind and we may say that such anxiety is a human tendency whenever anything new is introduced to an existing system. Regarding autonomous cars the curiosity may continue until driverless technology gets properly co-exist with the existing system.
While having its test on the U.K roads, it is expected that a qualified driver will be deployed inside the car for safety issues involved, the driver will have the option to take the control of the car in case if there are any dangers arising. Let’s hope for the best.
Please click on the link given below to read the Science fiction short story (A glimpse of the changes in Technology-A day in the year 2030)
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