Automated or self-driving cars are in the news a lot these days as auto makers discuss the real possibility of putting them on the street and what that will mean for drivers and passengers. As the news has indicated, some of the beginning models boasting self-driving aspects, such as the Tesla, have resulted in fatal or near-fatal crashes. Car manufacturers are pushing to create cars with more automation and less driver intervention, and many believe this is just around the corner. But in reality, creating fully automated vehicles is not that simple. Technology necessarily has glitches at its beginning stages, and in order to find out what those glitches may be, the technology must be tested in real-world settings with self-driving vehicles. This will put the drivers, passengers, and bystanders at risk if the glitch causes the car to act or react in an unsafe manner. While the proponents of self-driving cars emphasize the fact that most auto accidents are the result of human error, one must wonder if computer error will not take over and result in the same number of vehicle accidents. That is, until the technology is perfected, but that will take time, money, and cooperation between auto manufacturers and the creaters of self-driving technology and software. So while self-driving vehicles are in our future, it may not be as quick and easy as many would hope, and as more cars are released with new technology, it may in fact reveal issues that many of the skeptics are predicting, leading consumers to become even more wary of purchasing such a vehicle.
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