The Book Theory Test Today blogger examines the latest news surrounding Googleâ€™s driverless car.
The much talked about, and controversial, driverless car from Google hit the headlines again recently when it was revealed that it had passed initial road tests.
The Book Theory Test Today blogger says: â€œDespite engineers having to retake control of the vehicle at two points during the 22km journey, these mishaps were not deemed to be severe enough to fail the testing parameters.â€
Why is Book Theory Test Today Making Such a Big Deal about Driverless Cars?
Thereâ€™s no doubt that driverless cars on Britainâ€™s roads are a certainty in the near future, but there are concerns. A car, operated by technology, removes the human element of driving. Thereâ€™s a risk of driverless vehicles worsening what we call â€˜Sat Nav Syndrome.â€™
Whatâ€™s Sat Nav Syndrome?
Sat Nav Syndrome describes a driver who becomes overly reliant on their â€˜tom-tomâ€™ to get them to a destination. For some motorists all common sense goes out of the window when taking directions from a computerised voice.
The Book Theory Test Today blogger says: â€œYou only have to do a simple search on the internet to discover some of the incidents involving drivers who have become too dependent on electronic navigational devices. Trucks ending up in fields and cars driving the wrong way down one way streets are just a couple of examples of the dangers posed by using technology.â€
Donâ€™t get us wrong, weâ€™re not adverse to technology, but we have to look at whether itâ€™s benefitting or hindering drivers. The evolution of smartphones and other such devices, at present, drive motorists to distraction, causing more accidents.
Googleâ€™s Driverless Car
Googleâ€™s, and other driverless cars, could cause the same complacency as that produced by Sat Nav systems. If there is an emergency, which requires a driver to take control, what if theyâ€™re not switched on enough to react in time to prevent an accident?
The Book Theory Test Today blogger says: â€œThese are questions that have to be asked, people are so caught up in the technology and the excitement of it all that road safety appears to have taken a backseat. What does the introduction of driverless cars to Britainâ€™s highways mean to motorists who will still be operating the human controlled car?â€
The Book Theory Test Today blogger adds: â€œPersonally, Iâ€™d be quite unnerved passing a vehicle without a driver operating it. I must admit that this is the kind of thing Iâ€™d expect to see in the movies.â€
However, despite concerns over how much human intervention is required in certain situations the Google car finds itself in, the vehicle passed its â€˜driving testâ€™. It wonâ€™t be long before driverless cars become the norm, not just on UK roads, but roads worldwide.
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