Should Your Car Be Driving For You?

Since I was a kid I have always dreamed of replicators, teleporters and self-driving cars – blame Star Trek. I would never have thought that one of these would be invented during my lifetime. I guess I was wrong because for many years some big-name companies have been working on making this a reality. Companies like Google, Mercedes-Benz, NVidia and many more are getting closer to having one of these self-driving cars on the road in the next 5 to 10 years. The first time I heard this was going to be a reality I was like, ‘This is awesome! Now I can send my 8 year old to the grocery store while I hang at home playing my PS4!”. Unfortunately, this is still going to be against the law but hey, I can still dream. The question is, with this technology coming in our lifetime how many have stopped to think, ‘Will it be safe?’


I’m all for innovation but being a tech I’m also cautious about new technology. So I have some questions:

  • What fail-safes and overrides will be in place?
  • Will there be encryption that prohibits hackers from taking over the vehicle?
  • Will actual drivers be required, regardless of their driving experience or skills, and how will testing for a driver’s license proceed?
  • Will the ‘auto’ control the speed or just steer?
  • If speed is controlled, what if there is an adjusted speed zone, such as when there is an accident or poor driving conditions?
  • If there is an accident, what will insurance cover and could the car’s manufacturer be held liable for damages?
  • Will uploads be available for when road rules change?


As you can see, I don’t believe that all possible repercussions have been considered, and I absolutely cringe at the thought of some punk 16-year-old driving around not possessing any of the requisite skills and having to deal with them as a defensive driver in another lane. So, Mr. Google, Mr. Mercedes-Benz, Mr. NVidia, have your think tanks answered these questions and are you prepared for the potential consequences of this new technology?

What do you think?

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Jason Shuffield

Jason Shuffield began working with computers at an early age. As he gained experience he began helping others who had difficulties with technology and requested assistance. Over time it became obvious there was a local need for a technology expert with great people skills. As a result Jason started his computer repair company, CYIN, in 2011. With years of experience in web design, computer repair, tech support, computer training and social media management Jason loves to share his knowledge and educate people.

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