13 Sep Driver-less cars
The Pros And Cons
Self-driving cars may be a part of the future. There is a lot of promise and opportunity associated with driver-less cars, but there are also a lot of questions and concerns. Here are a few pros and cons.
Limited Diving/ Travel Time Is Limited
This only affects those who drive long distances mostly. The electric car can drive between 200 to 400km each day after a charge, depending on the vehicle.
Charging Time Will Be Slower Than Using Petrol
With a petrol refill we know it takes just a few minutes, so imagine how long it will take a car to charge its battery to full. Driver-less cards take longer to charge than filling up with petrol / diesel.
Vulnerability To Hackers
Computers, even those in self-driving cars, are always vulnerable to hackers who intend to cause harm. What happens if hackers break into the car’s systems and tell it to go the wrong way or to take the most congested route? Even small scale hacks could have tremendous negative consequences.
They Rely On Other Technology
If other technology fails, such as traffic signals that the cars rely on, there’s no accounting for human traffic signals. In the event of an accident, for example, where a police officer is directing traffic, the cars cannot interpret human signals.
Almost No Maintenance
The electric car has fewer moving parts. It requires no traditional oil changes, fuel filters, belt replacements and spark plug replacements. Even brake pad replacements will be rare because regenerative braking returns energy to the battery, significantly reducing wear on brakes.
More Freedom For The Disabled
Individuals with disabilities would undoubtedly benefit from the self driving vehicles. They won’t have to rely on other people when it comes to travelling. In fact, self-driving cars would provide people who have disabilities with more freedom, independence and the ability to travel exactly where they want by car.
Full Tank Every Morning And Time Saved
You wake up every morning with a full tank, assuming you charged your battery over night.
This will mean you never have to take time out of your busy schedule to go the petrol station again to fill up.
Car Crashes Might be Reduced
Most car crashes are usually a result of reckless driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This means that once cars are capable of completely driving themselves, the number of car accidents caused by human drivers should be drastically reduced.
Given the pros and cons, are you looking forward to self-driving cars? Do you think they’ll be a force for good or be a very bad thing? Let us know on our Facebook page: