License: check. Driver… ?

Jules Verne and other 19th century science fiction writers would probably do a victory dance ceremony if they saw their predictions come true nowadays. Driverless car is yet another vision which is about to come true, and no I am not talking about Knight Industries Two Thousand and his best pal Michael Knight. Honestly, who needs David Hasselhoff when you have… Toyota Prius.

Alright, I know it sounds a little bit preposterous, but just recently the Nevada state approved license for the America’s first driverless car. Google’s search firm has modified a general model of Toyota Prius for it to become a modern driverless car and now that they can the license ready, the car is about to hit the road down the Las Vegas’s famous strip.

How do they manage to maneuver this automated car around? Well, Google guys seem to have thought through everything, because the car has video cameras mounted on its roof, and there are also laser range and radar sensors that help it to “see” the traffic”. It’s not the first time that Google is trying out a self-driven car. They tested one in San Francisco before, although that one had an experienced driver inside, ready to take over lest the software should fail. It is claimed that the car did not cause any accidents save for a “bump at traffic lights from a car behind”.

The reason why it was possible to acquire driverless car license in Nevada is that the state changed its laws and regulations to allow such license back in March. Bruce Breslow who is a director at Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles is convinced that such cars are the “cars of the future”. California seems to share this opinion as well, because the state is thinking of changing its driving laws as well. Everyone is hyped about driverless cars, because most of the accidents happen due to human error, while the use of computers and sensors should reduce the possibility of a crash, and make the vehicle operate a lot more safely.

However, does that mean that in the long run we will no longer have to acquire driver’s license ourselves? Will we leave everything to the programmers and the computers? That’s a food for thought in my opinion, and even though I do believe that reducing the factor of human error is a great thing, I wonder whether we should really hurry into the unknown with our heads off.

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