We have seen a transfer of control out of human hands as technology advances. Planes, for example, are primarily flown by computers. We are beginning to see the same transition in our road vehicles. In fact, the US Department of Transportation has made efforts to explain this advancement in technology and the impact it could have.
Vehicles equipped with this technology will essentially be able communicate with each other. The technology sends short-wave communications to make drivers aware of potentially dangerous situations. These waves will register before the driver would normally be able to hear or see them. For example, systems could see cars ahead swerving to avoid debris, or even a car running a red light at an intersection. This technology could mean an increase in safety for our drivers and reduce accidents caused by human error.
While many people are concerned over the transition from manual to computer operated equipment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is viewing it in a more statistical approach. Planes are primarily flown and landed by computers because it is safer. Top airplane creators have stated that they could produce an aircraft that does not require a human pilot in any stage of flight.
The DoT and NHTSA predict that it will not be long before this technology is paired with our road vehicles. Volvo trucks have been making advancements in this field, while similar projects are underway in Europe.
If we compare today’s vehicle offering with 20 years ago, the industry has made leaps and bounds in terms of safety and comfort. Navigation systems and rear cameras have been adopted by drivers without any grievances by drivers. However, taking the hands off the wheel will prove to be the ultimate test for drivers looking to adopt the latest vehicle advancements.