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Life and Death
Accidents are inevitable even
though self-drive vehicles will be
much safer and preserve far more
lives. Accidents in general are likely
to be minimized even when they do
occur, but there will be devastating
accidents nonetheless. Humans have
little time to react before an accident.
Computers will analyze and react
much faster, so the end result of a
crash may well end up with the systems making a considered decision
on the outcome. ;e vehicle will be
able to evaluate multiple scenarios,
decide, and react in milliseconds.
;e car will be able to evaluate the
physics and know the mass and acceleration. In microseconds, they
will be able to calculate the vectors
and forces. Based on that information and along with the structural
integrity of the vehicles, passenger
knowledge, including health, age,
and seating locations within, the
vehicle will, on some level, choose
the likely results. ;is decision will
likely come down to the choice that
provides for the greatest preservation
of life, likely maximizing the chances
for some and lowering the chances
;e self-drive revolution is upon
us. ;e technology will present a
true revolution in transportation
and the shi; is likely to rival the
invention of the horseless carriage,
both in personal and social impact.
While I personally can’t wait to
never have to drive again, I suspect
I won’t be waiting long. With cars
already including blind spot detection, lane departure, and collision
prevention, we have already begun
to loosen our grip on the wheel.
However, we might want to tap the
brakes just a bit so that we have time
to absorb what is coming down the
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