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    Self-driving cars will not make everything smooth when traffic is concerned

    by V3Cars Team on Friday, Dec 02 2016

    The self-driving cars are the most talked about thing in the world’s auto industry. The self-driving or autonomous cars are expected to revolutionize the entire auto industry and change the mobility system, and change it for good, as it is being said. The autonomous cars are supposed to rule out the mistakes and the deliberate negligence of the human drivers and always adhere to the traffic rules and safe driving regulations. The artificial intelligence of the self-driving cars is expected to make the roads much safer than that of current road conditions owing to the dependence on the human intelligence and sense of responsibilities.

    The self-driving cars are the most talked about thing in the world’s auto industry. The self-driving or autonomous cars are expected to revolutionize the entire auto industry and change the mobility system, and change it for good, as it is being said. The autonomous cars are supposed to rule out the mistakes and the deliberate negligence of the human drivers and always adhere to the traffic rules and safe driving regulations. The artificial intelligence of the self-driving cars is expected to make the roads much safer than that of current road conditions owing to the dependence on the human intelligence and sense of responsibilities.

    Given the increasing numbers road accidents and the resultant fatalities, the self-driving cars are being looked upon with much hope and expectations to reduce the number of road crashes and making the roads safer than ever, despite the growing number of automobiles. However, now the other situation is also being considered, the growing carelessness of the pedestrians owing to the self-driving cars and the resultant increase of heavy traffic jams.

    The reason that the self-driving or autonomous cars are designed to be risk averse and that they are fully programmed to obey all the rules of the road and drive very safely, also makes them over cautious. This is because they are machines after all, and have to take all the precautionary actions so as to avoid even the slightest chances of a collision. This means that the pedestrians will become more whimsical in their way they walk or cross the roads, as per a study. And even if the pedestrians don’t become careless, the autonomous vehicles are indeed thought to be a potential factor of increased road traffic in the future.

    Only a small inaccurate move of a pedestrian can cause a self-driving car to come to a halt. Moreover, knowing that the cars will yield easily, all the pedestrians have to do is just act a bit unpredictably or simply step into the street in front of an approaching car and withdraw to bring a risk-averse vehicle to come to a stop, revealed the study which considered the prospect of a city condition which has a majority of autonomous or self-driving cars.

     

    The study which published online its results in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, is based on the game theory to analyze the interactions between the autonomous cars and pedestrians, with a focus on the yielding nature of such cars at crowded crosswalks.

    The research says that as the autonomous cars are designed to risk averse, the pedestrians’ behavior might change over time and become more relaxed, causing the self-driving cars to stop too often and thus create a lengthy traffic in the process. While this would definitely reduce road crashes and increase the road safety for the pedestrians, it would also cause displeasure and add to the distress of the occupants of a self-driving car.

    The study says that the occupants of an autonomous vehicle would feel like moving ultra cautiously in a road which would seem to be perpetually filled with unaccompanied five-year-old children".


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