Humans Are Causing More Self Driving Car Accidents Than Computers…
Sure, the future is a bit freaky – but do you really have to try and beat up the robots? Google, Uber, Tesla and other leading tech firms are in the midst of launching driverless cars, offering hands free, distraction free roadways piloted by sophisticated computer. And why stop there? Simultaneously, research is being conducted to offer air taxis, purportedly within the next five years. While we think these developments are wildly exciting, some humans are lashing out at their hands free counterparts – creating road rage and body slams for all to see.
Lots of fuss is being made about the safety woes of driverless cars. Can a robot really drive as safely as a human being? The answer is unequivocally: yes. Self driving cars have boasted phenomenal safety records since their inception, with one asterisk attached: deliberate human crashes. You got that one exactly right – people are slamming their cars, bodies or other objects into cars they notice to be driverless. We won’t begin to understand the reasons, but these traffic incidents are the greatest issue featuring self driving vehicles.
By The Numbers
According to traffic reports sourced by TPG, there have been seven incidents involving self driving cars in 2018. Of those minor incidents, 4 out of 7 were caused by humans purposely attacking the vehicles or when a human took over the controls from the computer. Yes, three incidents appear to be the fault of the self driving car – but a larger percentage were solely to blame upon human error.
April Self Driving Launch
California will allow self driving cars beginning in April of 2018. Could this be the beginning of robots taking over, and enslaving the human race, as they drive around in futuristic cars? Not if pedestrians and enraged human drivers have anything to say about it. In all seriousness, this could truly mean the launch of driverless taxi service from companies such as Uber. How would you feel about getting in a car with “no” driver.