Traditionally Driven Cars vs. Driverless Cars
Traditionally driven cars are those vehicles which are built with driver-assist systems present. Driver-assist systems enable drivers to be safe on the roads. Driver-assist systems vary in different cars depending on their year of their production. An individual may decide to install additional driver-assist features to bring about reduced cost of vehicle insurance and also improve on one’s safety while driving. Drive-assist systems in vehicles are dipping mirrors, climate control, and cruise control (Li, Elefteriadou & Ranka, 2014). With the advancing technology, drive-assist systems have advanced to automatic dipping lights, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive suspension, stop-start mechanisms and automatic emergency braking systems. Driverless cars, on the other hand, are those vehicles which are created in the manner that they can take control without human control. Driverless cars are not common, but with the growing technology, they will be highly used as compared to those that are driven.
The main purpose of writing this paper is to show how both the traditionally driven and driverless cars are built, their difference regarding performance, advantages, and disadvantages of both.
The major difference between the traditionally driven cars and driverless cars is the level of control which is the main issue for drivers and vehicles on roads. Driverless cars are not advanced enough to deal with every possibility driver’s encounter on the roads. Driverless cars always need manpower in case of any failure on the road. For human-driven cars, it is all about decisions made by humans depending on the situation. For example, in the case of a road accident, traditionally driven cars can stop or use another route if it becomes hard to cross the other side. Driverless cars on the other hand, usually follow the set rules of the road hence, in the situation like that, it will be hard to override the normal set rules of the road.
Both the traditionally driven cars and driverless cars will need manpower. Though driverless cars are computerized, they require human presence in case any problem arises in the road.
Advantages of driverless cars
Convenience; for a personal-owned car, one can do something else instead of watching the road as you drive at all times.
Safety; most vehicle accidents are as a result of driver error. Driverless cars are safer than human-driven as the software can make special and speed calculations with more precision, eliminating driver error and avoiding crashes.
Egalitarianism; driverless vehicles have an advantage in that even the elderly, children and physically impaired people can drive alone and safe since the car will only stop to its required destination.
Disadvantages of driverless cars
Cost; since driverless cars are more advanced and convenience, they will only benefit individuals who are financially stable leaving out people who are economically unstable.
Many people do not want them; a large number of people may fear using them as they are not sure of what might happen while in those vehicles. Automated vehicles are likely to excite the young people than the old who are already used to controlling themselves as they drive.
Advantages of traditionally driven cars
Known technical limitations; traditionally driven cars can be used anywhere such as in faded lane paint, burned-out traffic lights and where there are missing signs as the driver can turn on the lights where there are no street lights for instance unlike driverless which can only be used in cities with well-maintained roads.
Many people prefer them; these vehicles are more preferred by many as one can control them at all times.
Disadvantages of traditionally driven vehicles
Lack of convenience; as one drive, he or she has to maintain focus by watching the road to ensure they arrive at their destinations safe and sound.
Lack of safety; some drivers may carelessly drive hence, leading to accidents which might result in death and disabilities.
In conclusion, I would greatly support the emergence of driverless vehicles as we are in the 21st century where things are changing at a higher rate (Fagnant & Kockelman, 2014). Also, driverless cars are more convenient, safe and egalitarian to the users, unlike the traditionally driven cars.
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Li, Z., Elefteriadou, L., & Ranka, S. (2014). Signal control optimization for automated vehicles at isolated signalized intersections. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 49, 1-18.