When manufacturers and Internet companies started to create driverless cars one of the reasons for creating these cars was that they are safer. It was largely assumed that driverless cars were on the safer side because humans can make mistakes, but machines are less likely to make those same mistakes. However, this may not be the case. Instead, driverless cars may be just as dangerous (or more) than cars controlled by humans.
GPS Trackers Make Things Safer
A lot of autonomous cars on the current market use GPS trackers to make sure that routes are followed and that cars remain safe. Sometimes these trackers are ideal and do lead to a better route or a safer route. But sometimes even GPS maps can fail, and this can lead to a car veering off course or following a road that no longer exists (we’ve all been there, right?).
The other reason why manufacturers argue that automated cars are safer is that they can automatically detect how far away another car is, if a crash is about to happen, and where the safest route is that it should follow. All of this is impossible to do if a human is driving a car, and this is one reason why automated cars are assumed to be safer. But just as there are a number of positive aspects to owning an automated car, there are some negatives too.
Some Obvious Cons
The cars that are being tested right now have a tough time driving in harsh weather conditions. Whether it’s heavy snow, rain, or any other kind of precipitation, these cars just can’t cope. It’s also well known that some automated cars have a tough time making a left turn, and that can be a major issue when it comes to allowing an automated car to drive itself through a busy city street setup. But the safety issues that are part of the car are just the tip of the iceberg.
Some people worry that these cars gather automated data, and that this data can be collected by companies and even sold to insurance companies. As with anything else that’s automated, the fact that data can be collected is often bothersome and worrisome to consumers. So far, no regulations have been set up where data collection is concerned.
The Theft Issue
The other problem with automated cars is that these cars may be easier to hack into. As with anything else that is computerized or automated, hackers can tap into a car that runs on a computer system, and that’s not a good thing. While you can install a GPS tracker inside of an automated car, this doesn’t prevent theft and robbery and other kinds of crimes that can occur when a car has been hacked into.
But we are a long way off from seeing driverless cars on all our roads regularly. Even in the states where these cars can legally drive on roads, the law is that a human has to be inside of the cars at all times in order to make sure that there are no accidents or mistakes. So while machines might make less mistakes than humans, mistakes can certainly still be made.
Protecting Your Current Car
Even if you don’t have a driverless car just yet, it’s still important to protect the property that you do own by installing a GPS tracker inside of your vehicle. This way, you can see where your car is at all times. At Rocky Mountain Tracking, we sell GPS trackers for all types of vehicles including personal vehicles, heavy machinery, and any other type of vehicle that you’d like to protect. Call us today!Google+