Kroubetz Lakeside Campers Lake Crystal, MN Blog
- 0 0Published on Apr 29, 2014
The Future: Driverless Cars & RVSThe idea of a driverless car has been on the human mind for decades now. It has surely crossed many of our minds when we are stuck in traffic or maybe on a cross country trip in one of our RVs. Before we get too far, let’s take a moment and realize how terrible human drivers really are. We often forget to use our turn signals, many of us have used our phones in one way or another, we often day dream and lose focus, the sun get’s in our eyes, and we many days of the week we groggy or even sleep deprived. All of this among various other reasons account for 1.24 million car accident related per year. Not to mention another fifty million who are injured in some sort of way due to car accidents.
Driverless cars seem to be the answer to these preventable preventable deaths. The reality of these machines really came into being in the 2004 DARPA challenge. Over ninety teams entered and zero succeed. Since this gigantic leap, driverless cars are quickly becoming a possibility in the near future. Google has taken lead of this future technology. However, many car manufacturers have programs of their own with similar capabilities.Google recently announced that their self-driving cars have driven almost 700,000 miles to date. Much research is going into the development of these vehicles. The autonomous cars commuters across the world face concerns as diverse as urban gridlock and highway safety, the driverless car provides one possible answer. In the YouTube video below, Google demonstrates some of the situations it’s self-driving cars can currently handle. They have updated their software to handle bicyclists on the road, and orange traffic cones around a construction zone. See for yourself. Sergey Brin’s, one of Google’s co founders hopes that the technology can help prevent car accident related deaths dramatically, and he has many other hopes for the driverless car. Americans drive nearly three trillion miles a year. This is hard on the environment as well asour infrastructure. One vision is cars shuttling themselves between customers, reducing vehicle ownership and parking snarls. Cars communicating in a common language would move more efficiently, reducing gridlock. Many suggest that this technology is far off. Some say that the technology will be ready in the next 5 to 10 years, but question whether or not the laws and people will be ready. One of the major concerns is who takes on the lawsuit when something inevitably goes wrong? The manufacturer or the person behind the wheel? The future is however coming. Whether it is 5, 10, or 15 years before driverless cars are exploring route 66 it is surely going to happen. I look forward to taking a camping trip someday where I don’t have to drive at all. I will be able to sit back and enjoy the scenery. If you are interested in an RV without any autonomous features then we recommending stopping by Kroubetz Lakeside Campers. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.