Self-driving cars

Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?

Remember when popular television shows like The Jetson’s and movies like Back to the Future dramatized the future of vehicles? Sure, those flying cars seemed really cool, but it never seemed like they would be a reality.

Well, the future is here, and while there may not be flying cars, there are vehicles that these futuristic TV shows and movies would have loved to have featured – self-driving cars.

These self-driving cars are currently in the production phase, and some have been tested and have proven to work. In a few short years, it could be that these driverless cars could become the new standard.

While it’s certainly exciting to think that what has only existed in science fiction could become a reality that the average driver will be able to enjoy, there are definite downsides to these self-driving vehicles that need to be taken into consideration.

So, before you start saving your pennies to purchase your future space-age vehicle, it’s important that you are aware of the hazards that are associated with these vehicles.

Greater Risk of Motion Sickness

There is a chance that people who suffer from motion sickness will be more likely to experience that queasy feeling when they give up control of the wheel in a self-driving vehicle. In fact, it’s estimated that as much as 37% of adult drivers and passengers will experience an increase in motion sickness when traveling in intelligent cars.

Why? Because motion sickness occurs when the brain receives mixed signals. In other words, the ears hear movement, but the eyes are fixed on something that is stationary, thus resulting in that uneasy feeling. When driving in a self-driving car, people will be more likely to use their mobile devices, watching TV, reading, working or doing any number of things that will focus their sight on a fixed object, while their ears will still hear motion. Make sure you stock the glove box with motion sickness bags!

Unsafe Driving Conditions

Not everyone will be able to make the switch from traditional vehicles to self-driving vehicles, which means that both will be on the road at the same time – and sharing the road could be a dangerous thing.

During testing, it’s been found that driverless vehicles may not be able to respond to collisions that are not caused by drivers. The result: More accidents.

More Hijacking

As you have probably assumed, self-driving vehicles are operated via a computer system. Just like your personal computer can be hacked, so can the computer system that operates self-driving vehicles. The result of this hacking could lead to increased robberies, hijacking and even cyber terrorism.

While the idea is certainly cool, the hazards of self-driving vehicles certainly need to be taken into consideration – and addressed – before they are made available to the public.