Driving Cars And Its Effects On Public Roadways

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Throughout the past year, media outlets have reported that autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, will become increasingly used on public roadways. By 2020, it is estimated that approximately 10 million vehicles featuring driverless capabilities will be used on roads across the globe and vehicles that are completely autonomous, with no user interaction, are expected as early as 2019. [1] By taking the human element out of driving, researchers developing driverless car technologies claim that the use of cars with autonomous capabilities can help reduce traffic problems, pollution, and significantly reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on public roadways, as more than 90 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error. [2] Vehicles with driverless technologies that prevent the driver from accidentally swerving out of a lane and automatically brake in response to objects in the road when the driver is distracted can already be currently found on the market. Using a variety of sensors and cameras, these vehicles can detect the surrounding road conditions and steer or brake in response to other drivers, pedestrians and objects in the road to avoid collisions. During testing, researchers have also encountered situations where collisions cannot be avoided due to unpredictable events that occur too quickly for autonomous vehicles to respond in time. In these situations, crash optimization algorithms can be created to allow the vehicles to respond in a way that
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