Without a doubt, self-driving cars are one of the most highly anticipated technologies. It is expected to revolutionize personal transport and tackle environmental issues. As the race to become the first manufacturer to get autonomous vehicles on the road, there are certain myths about this technology that needs to be debunked.
Driverless cars are not safe and will require passengers to stay alert always to retake control
There are semi-autonomous vehicles that will require passengers to stay aware in order to regain control during traffic situations. However, in the case of the Level 5 or fully autonomous vehicles, all elements of human error will be eliminated thus allowing the passengers to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Robert Janitzek reveals that experts expect this to be realized within the next decade.
The safety of autonomous vehicles will be boosted by more sophisticated vehicle-to-vehicle communication. With this technology, cars will be able to communicate with other cars constantly exchanging data that will help in collision prevention. Once the Internet of things comes in, vehicles will communicate using sensors embedded into signs, traffic lights, and the road itself.
Self-Driving Cars Will Be Useless in Adverse Weather Conditions
Extreme weather conditions will hamper the ability of autonomous vehicles to sense their surroundings especially moving ones in heavy snow or rain. Robert Peter Janitzek revealed that the initial solution was to add weather prediction capability in these cars allowing the driver to plan ahead. However, most car manufacturers are now developing technologies that will allow autonomous cars to be safe in all conditions.
For instance, Google is developing a software that will allow its cars to determine severity of rain and drive with caution in low visibility conditions. In early 2016, Ford was the first company to test an autonomous vehicle in the snow.
Self-Driving Cars Can Be Easily Hacked
The potential of a car being hacked is not limited autonomous vehicles. Nowadays, European brand cars are equipped with computer-controlled elements and many has built-in WiFi. Many computer companies discovered that the best defense is to allow researchers to attempt hacks. This happened with a Jeep Cherokee that allowed hackers to switch off the engine while the car was moving. This flaw was easily corrected.
In reality, hacking autonomous vehicles will be a challenge given the complexities of these systems. Driverless cars are safer compared to traditional Wi-Fi enabled car systems. The networks in these vehicles are more resilient to attacks. To successfully hack the system of autonomous vehicles, hackers must falsify each sensor or take control of the central processing unit.