Artificial intelligence has always been a very interesting topic. It’s the same with A.I. and driving.
In recent years we’ve seen a breakthrough in artificial intelligence as a serious helper during driving and even taking over the wheel, so to say.
Some say it’s good and that it’s definitely the future. Some say it’s a nuisance.
The truth might be, as with many things in life, somewhere in between.
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Before we start I must say that this article has no intention of judgment on this topic. We neither have the wish nor the expertise to do that.
Also, this article has no political, ideological, or any other background.
Please take this article as a friendly review and chat about an invention that is inevitably becoming an integral part of the car.
One driver and car enthusiast writing to another.
I must be honest and say that I’ve never driven a car with this system which is a major minus for this article.
But it seems to me that sooner or later, we’ll be seeing this as standard equipment. So, at least talking and getting information about artificial intelligence is a good start.
The integration of A.I. resembles scenarios with today’s common systems like ABS, ESP, and RADAR-LIDAR systems. These started as exotic, almost Sci-Fi systems that ended up being not only standard but necessary.
At the end of this part, I must also express my admiration and awe for all the astonishing achievements in this field made by all car manufacturers worldwide.
DRIVING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-PROS
1. SAFETY ASPECT
The safety aspect of using artificial intelligence is perhaps the biggest and most important gain.
It should, to an extent, eradicate human errors like bad assessments when overtaking, cutting someone off when changing lanes, and other dangerous things.
The collaboration between A.I. and other systems in the car like braking, steering, and in recent times radar-lidar systems is a winning combination for sure.
This is perhaps what will be the most popular factor among drivers.
Although most drivers like and enjoy driving, the truth is that sometimes you either don’t feel like it or you are just outright tired.
To some in this situation, driving becomes a sort of punishment.
This is where artificial intelligence and driving should shine.
Imagine this scene: you sit in the car, all tired and cranky, and all you have to do is type or say your destination, and the car does the rest.
No stress, strain, or even worse no diver fatigue.
If you want to learn more about how to avoid driver fatigue click here to read the article or watch our video on the same topic.
One more aspect is good for drivers that don’t like driving very much or have fear of it (especially novice drivers).
With the help of A.I., it will perhaps be easier to sit behind the wheel knowing that you have a powerful safety system to help and maybe even prevent trouble.
3. YOU’RE WITNESSING THE RISE OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY
Now this aspect isn’t perhaps that important on the practical side of things.
But if you like cars and history, this is a great time to witness various breakthroughs.
Imagine if you could sit in a time machine and witness the first carriage with an internal combustion engine. Who would say that a strange, loud, and awkward mechanism like that would become one of the stepping stones of humankind’s industry progress?
At this point, I think we’re witnessing the same thing only with artificial intelligence.
If you would like to read more on the history of the internal combustion engine, click here for a great article from Wikipedia.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DRIVING-CONS
1. DRIVING PLEASURE
Let’s be honest, there aren’t many practical downsides to artificial intelligence. If applied properly, it’s almost a perfect invention for the car industry.
But sometimes it’s not all about the practicality.
The truth is that human beings many times go for emotion instead of the practical side of things.
People responsible for the future implementation of artificial intelligence should have this in mind.
Mainly not to ruin the driving pleasure.
By driving pleasure I mean the irreplaceable feeling of holding the steering wheel, shifting gears, watching the landscape go by, and experiencing that overall sense of freedom.
If artificial intelligence in any way disturbs this (which I think it won’t) it will earn a big red flag and certain opposition.
2. LACK OF ALERTNESS
This is another con that pretty much doesn’t have to do anything with artificial intelligence but rather with how it’s used.
As we’ve witnessed many times in human history, technology has been misused. It seems a sort of human trait.
Honestly, this downside crossed my mind when I watched that famous video where the guy sleeps in the car on the highway while the car drives itself.
The truth is that, given the chance, some drivers will seriously lower their attention span when driving or even become totally careless.
In fact, it’s almost inevitable that A.I. will cause a lack of attention among drivers. Not because of artificial intelligence, but because of human nature.
3. THE POINT OF USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WHEN DRIVING ON A LARGE SCALE
The last con on this list is something that I’ve noticed regarding using artificial intelligence on a large scale.
Again, this is a personal observation and opinion, something that I feel the need to share.
As a person may perhaps conclude, the general idea is that artificial intelligence will, sooner or later, command the whole driving process.
What will perhaps inevitably happen this way is that you’ll get roads full of cars driving themselves with the driver inside. But in this case, the driver is in fact the passenger.
A probable picture of this would be a long line of passengers sitting in autonomously driven cars.
One question surfaces immediately with this: why don’t people then use public transportation?
A bus, train, or subway does exactly the same thing.
Besides this, it’s cheaper, it’s cost-effective, and perhaps more ecologically sound (I think).
I don’t want to be a party pooper, but every time artificial intelligence and driving are mentioned in this context, this scene inevitably comes to me.
Perhaps the best scenario for implementing artificial intelligence when driving is the one we already have.
You have a choice. You have a button. Turn it on and off, when you want to.
This option will not only keep the driving experience alive and well but will also keep the driver alert at all times as he/she should be.
Isn’t this in fact, the essence of driving? Being responsible but also enjoying at the same time.
Artificial intelligence is here to stay, that’s obvious. I just hope that it will be a reliable companion that you can call in need rather than a commander.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
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