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Where are all the self-driving cars we were promised?

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  • Tesla Motors

Where are all the self-driving cars we were promised?

Right now, self-driving cars ask more questions than they answers

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When it comes to self-driving vehicles, we’ve been promised a lot in recent years. They are declared to rescue us from the boredom of annoying driving. They are declared to make our roads safer. They are declared to be here already, but they’re not.

In the past year, the arduous absoluteness of accepting fully free cartage on the road has set in and tech is having to take a more advised approach.

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz absitively that there is more of a future in electric cartage than self-driving ones. Daimler’s chair at the time said, “True self-driving cars in the public domain are still a long way off, and accountable to market pressures of whether barter will absolutely pay a exceptional for the technology.”

Certain vocal individuals in the industry claim that they’re close to, or have already ample out how to make self-driving cars a reality. The same individuals also promised that there would be “one actor robotaxis” on the roads this year, and yet, there are none.

There’s also the catechism of how we define free vehicles. Industry definitions spread the term across many levels, which, for the boilerplate reader, does little to analyze what freedom absolutely is, but rather conflates fully free cartage with partially automatic active systems advised to abutment drivers and not alter them.

Misunderstanding these levels can lead to adverse after-effects and is costing people their lives.

Within the industry, there’s also a long-running debate of the ability of certain technologies all-important for free operation, including assorted types of sensors, cameras, stereo-cameras, and LiDAR.

Tesla‘s garrulous frontman Elon Musk has disparaged LiDAR, saying that it’s not needed to offer self-driving cars and that freedom is abundantly a software problem. However, others in the industry disagree: just look at any Waymo, Uber, Yandex, or other test car from a aggregation purely focused on developing free cartage and you’ll see a advantageous dose of LiDAR sensors.

Even if tech companies can solve the accouterments and software challenges of self-driving vehicles, they still have to argue the better critic of them all: the accepted public — most of whom don’t yet trust the tech.

Indeed, there are still many questions that demand answers before we have safe self-driving cars on our roads.


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Published September 24, 2020 — 09:00 UTC

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