Around 30,000 people die on the road every year in the United States. The vast majority of these crashes happened as a result of human error. These days it is quite possible that many of those accidents could have been avoided if there was no human factor. There are many technologies that can prevent collisions from happening. There can be a forward-collision warning. And how many wrecks could have been prevented with automatic emergency braking? Vehicle-to-vehicle technologies could prevent collisions from happening at all. If all of those things were in every vehicle, just imagine how much safer driving would become. And with this the chances are there would be even more tools to appear to protect vehicles from all kinds of accidents.
But there also will be new challenges. And the first of them is cybersecurity. We are living in the age of internet, computers and other technologies that became essential parts of our routine. But those things made us vulnerable, too. There’s a lot of information that we keep in those systems. So it can be stolen, lost, damaged or used against our safety. The same concerns would appear with road safety technologies.
There’s a lot to be done if those technologies would someday become a part of our lives. The technologies must be electronically reliable. And as mentioned above, cybersecurity is crucial. But the statistics show that this is a necessary step.
Is the human factor really to be gotten rid of in driving? And how far should technologies go?
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