One of the reasons why the autonomous vehicle has become the current darling of technology designers today has much to do with public safety. People are sleep deprived more than ever, and accidents due to distractions and drowsiness are on the rise.
Fewer drowsy drivers behind the wheels of commercial long-haul trucks have got to be a good thing, right? But then there’s the current prototypes for self-driving cars which seem to not be particularly safe… not if it’s getting into collisions.
Thinking ahead a little further… the possibility of driverless “flying” cars (more like drones for passengers) also comes up as a possibility for managing traffic concerns that might relieve some concerns about public safety behind the wheel.
But even now, high-end auto manufacturers are already incorporating anti-drowsy technology into the dashes and steering columns of their latest models.
What we think about driverless vehicles
SHC thinks these are worthwhile efforts but they do tend to overshadow the reality: that we’re not getting enough sleep before climbing behind the wheel of a car (or boat, or semi truck, or motorcycle, or jet ski, or RV, or taxi).
Making our transportation driverless may eventually fix the problem of road hazards caused by drivers falling asleep while driving, but it doesn’t do anything to fix our sleep problems, or our seeming stubborn refusal to address these problems.
Meanwhile, drowsy driving is being addressed at the state level as a potentially criminal act, with significant consequences, and commercial transportation regulations continue to stiffen to keep our roads, skies, and waterways safe for everyone.
Here are some potential pros and cons for developing and using driverless cars, as they pertain to drowsy driving:
What do you think?
Is creating a driverless car a worthwhile solution for addressing the problem of drowsy driving?
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