Self-Driving Cars

You’ve heard it on the news: “Self-driving cars.” What was once an abstract idea of the future is now a reality. In fact, the City of Boston is expected to begin testing self-driving cars by the end of the year. So what’s the deal with these cars, when will they go mainstream, and how is it going to affect you? Look no further—we’ve got you covered.

It’s no Jetsons episode!

It’s very real! Self-driving cars are here and they’re here to stay. Locally, Mayor Marty Walsh announced just recently that the Boston will be working with tech start-up nuTonomy in testing self-driving cars in the Seaport District. And before long, you’ll see a shift from the self-driving cars to driverless cars, which is where this technology is ultimately headed.

What’s the difference between self-driving and driverless?

The technology that exists today still requires a person behind the wheel to begin and end the journey, as well as take over during tricky situations. Think of an airplane, which requires a pilot for the takeoff, landing, and maybe a little bit of turbulence in between. Driverless cars, however, are quite literally “driverless” and will be 100% autonomous—and they’re coming sooner than you think. Tesla predicts to have driverless cars by the year 2020 and Google projects by 2021.

Are they safe?

That’s the most important question, isn’t it? Using ground-breaking technology, self-driving cars are programmed to reduce accident risks dramatically. That’s the good news. However, there are two major technology risks: software reliability and cyber-security. How dependable is this driverless technology? And how secure is the software from hackers? These are two questions to keep in mind as this industry develops. Either way, this technology is coming in fast and it’s going to be impossible to ignore.

WAY more to come. We will keep you updated as this situation develops!

 

Sources:

http://www.iii.org/issue-update/self-driving-cars-and-insurance

http://www.businessinsider.com/self-driving-vs-driverless-car-difference-explained-2016-9

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/09/14/boston-plans-test-self-driving-cars-soon/OOTLPokw8dlqtipyLpdKRM/story.html

http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2016/11/21/testing-self-driving-cars-in-boston