Have car makers lost their minds?
There has been much news lately about the manufacture of driverless cars and we must ask ourselves if common sense has gone out the window in the car manufacturing world. Manufacturing driverless cars appear to validate that common sense has been thrown out the window. Technology is great but with technology improvements some questions should be raised whether the improvements should be implemented or tabled. This question is applicable to the concept of driverless cars.
Information about the safety of this concept is questionable at best not only for safety reasons but for common sense reasons. Statistics are being presented that this concept has been proven to be safe but I question not only the reliability of these statistics but the concepts of letting computers control our mode of travel. Computers are great but computers sometimes break down and when this occurs in a driverless car situation it raises the prospect of not only safety concerns but the expense of fixing the computer problem.
Another question raised by the concept of driverless cars is weather changes and how such a concept would adapt to changing road conditions. I have not seen statistics regarding these kinds of situations if they have been tested at all. In addition the aspect of whether consumers would purchase such a concept is questionable at best in the numbers that would make such concept profitable. I am all for an improvement in technology but there comes a time when technology improvements are available whether they should be implemented.
Computer changes are usually meant to improve processes but sometimes changes cause problems that were not anticipated and reversing the changes is sometimes necessary. The process for the manufacture of parts for automobiles sometime need changes as a result of their failure to perform their intent. An example of this can be seen in the airbag failure which has caused millions of cars to have safety concerns and need to be replaced. We do not need such issues to surface with the implementation of manufacturing driverless cards.
I am also sure that individuals who have developed the concept of driverless cards have made a lot of money but here again common sense needs to prevail in making decisions whether new technology should be incorporated. The world of technology is ever changing sometimes on a daily basis but it is consumers that make the decisions to purchase products with the technology changes and it should be up to consumers whether they want driverless cars. The point to make is companies manufacture new or revised products all the time but it is up to consumers whether they really want these products. Whether there is a market for new or revised products must be validated to exist. There are examples where companies produced new products only to stop production when the sales numbers do not provide a margin of profit to continue manufacturing them.