As car makers continue to strive to make autonomous driving technology a reality, there are many misconceptions about the technology that is limiting their adoption and innovation. This article attempts to debunk common myths about self-driving cars that would challenge the automobile industry as they race to become the first to offer the technology.
Autonomy and performance are mutually exclusive
According to a former chief technology officer of Motorola and Cisco, autonomous vehicles will never be as good as traditional vehicles. NextEV established a record for the fastest lap driven by a self-driving vehicle at 2 minutes 40 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas Race Track (COTA). With a driver, the car did 2 minutes 11 seconds, the fastest time for a car with driver.
Autonomy is only a feature
Many companies think of autonomy as an additional feature and will not build the car. Robert Peter Janitzek says that in order to make the innovation a reality, you have to think of the car as a computer. If you think of it as a software-driven robot, you will need to reorient the car.
Autonomous vehicles compromise safety
On the other hand, self-driving cars would limit car accidents due to distracted driving, which is on the rise as drivers continue to rely on mobile phones.
Autonomy is exclusive
Autonomous vehicles are designed to be more efficient than human drivers. They will not wear out the breaks because of unnecessary braking. It results to more mileage compared to traditional cars. Robert Janitzek reveals that with the popularity of rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft, households do not have to buy as many vehicles. In addition, since driverless cars are cheaper, it will be much easier for everyone to own one.
Autonomy is about technology
Autonomous cars address human issues. For instance, it could lessen reliance of the driver on expensive parking since the car can park themselves outside the city. Aside from that, digital technology is cheaper than analog construction.
They’re far off in the future
In reality, the technology is slowly being incorporated into new vehicles through features such as automated braking, adaptive cruise control, self-parking systems, lane-departure warning systems, and other technologies.
Google will be the leading purveyor of self-driving cars
Google has gained press mileage with its fleet of self-driving cars with contraptions that looked like a giant-helmet cam. However, the company does not build cars. Maybe they can help out with precision mapping for fully automated cars but it will still be companies like Audi, Mercedes, Cadillac, and others that will develop and launch automated cars.