Intelligent, electric cars are the future many have set their eyes on over the last decade with millions invested and many countries having prepared to convert infrastructure among other facilities in order to accommodate these new technologies into their modern economies. But just what are their advantages and what are their flaws? What are arguments used by policy makers against their introduction?
For a start, intelligent cars are undoubtedly safer than human drivers. 94% of minor and serious motor accidents are derived entirely from human errors and choices. Largely eliminating this possibility through countless years of technological development is a must. Thousands die needlessly on the roads in every country, every year. However, in situations where intelligent cars inevitably cause an accident there is a major issue of accountability: is it the driver or is it the vehicle? This problem has been brought into reality many times. Is human error in play or technological failure?
Criminal liability is a societal issue that must be properly addressed and is not yet currently solved. Thorough investigation has to take place in order to ascertain exactly what is responsible as there are many more factors in an intelligent vehicle than a purely human driven vehicle.
Not only this, it has been proven that these types of vehicles are far more vulnerable to remote control and hacking. These types of influences are able to seriously damage viability of these vehicles as defence against such things are entirely on the firm’s ability to protect their consumers where the state is unable to do anything.
In most cases, people argue that the firm and producer of the vehicle should be prosecuted when the passenger of such a vehicle fails. Firms seriously do not want anything to do with this as it ruins their reputation and costs them a lot to deal with.
In any case, intelligent vehicles are here to stay. They simplify many things and electric vehicles go a long way to breaking down human greenhouse gas emissions that is more relevant than ever.