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Would you trust driverless cars?

A global Cybersecurity conference in Belfast has heard that driverless cars on our roads are not as far away as people think. 

Dr Madeline Cheah, cyber security innovation lead at Horiba MIRA, said that Northern Ireland is already seeing versions of connected vehicles on its roads.

She said: “We’re already seeing pre-cruisers, and automated cars with adaptive cruise control for instance.

“We’re on level two right now, and we’ll see level three in foreseeable future, which means the vehicle may be able to do everything but will need human intervention to take over at some point.

“I think there is a sufficient number of challenges for public adoption of these vehicles, but that’s the thing with every new technology, plenty of people didn’t want automatic machines during the industrial revolution,” Dr Cheah added.

“A word that came up a lot was trust and trust worthiness, at a technological level, how do we know it’s safe? How do we know it does what it says?

“At a legal level, if something is wrong, who looks into it?

“At a personal level, would you want the kids in there?

“There are two ways to achieve connectivity, one is the vehicle itself, the car would be equipped with sensors to tackle terrain, but I wouldn’t be surprised if governments began upgrading infrastructure to bring autonomous vehicles onto the roads.

“It’s hard to say when we’ll see fully automated cars on the road, the creation of this system is driven by need, its unclear what demand might be just now, in terms of human demand we don’t know yet, but this will be a really big driver.”

What do you think? Are driverless cars an innovation that will ultimately make roads safer or an unnecessary technology that will strip away the pleasure of driving? Share your views at Speakers Corner 

 

Would you trust driverless cars?

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blackbeard
15 hours ago
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Sorry, but after 52 years in the driving seat of cars, vans, bikes, lorries and buses and 26 of those as a bus and lorry driving instructor, knowing I have control (or not) of my vehicle is important to me
ColinM1
1 days ago
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As a very old senior citizen I have no desire to put my trust in to something which I cannot directly control . Will stick to my highly controllable bike !
VelmaR
1 days ago
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I will not have one because there are too many hackers out there now
ChrisL534
5 days ago
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Driverless cars are as safe as the person who wrote the software for the car. As was seen in the trial. Mistakes happen so someone lost her life. We'll have to see what the next will be
Alicia
5 days ago
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No I would never use one as cars do not have eyes ! 🙂
Lorraine
14th Sep 2018
1
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Would feel totally out of control in the use of a driverless car. Cannot see how they could perceive danger.
Grumps555
13th Sep 2018
1
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Accident waiting to happen.
viking
6th Sep 2018
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Not new. Driverless pick up/dump vehicles have been used in warehouses in Europe for some time now. It was only a question of -how long before they came out of the warehouse and onto the open road.
Calli
3rd Sep 2018
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They have tried driverless cars in some Canadian cities, but they seem to have a problem with sensors reading lines on roads through snow and ice. Does anyone know if that problem has been fixed?

I do agree with Lionel. When I watch news stories about latest tech and how excited people get I wonder do they realise it is one more step to mans extinction? Big companies think robotic tech is great for automation in factories. Produce more for less and sell cheaper. But who is going to buy it if everyone is replaced?

Robots to not pay taxes, buy food, have mortgages, take vacations or produce offspring! How many people could it possibly take to fix broken tech? How long before the robots figure out how to fix themselves? What will humans do if there is nothing left for them to do??

Is anyone else a conspiracy theorist?
Artyann
5 days ago
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Those sure are the questions!!! but what are the answers???!!!!!
Lionel
2nd Sep 2018
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I'm far less concerned by the introduction of one electronic device and much more worried about how both we and our society is being changed by so many devices in such a short time.

For example, 30/40 years ago simple computer games like Pac Man were all the rage. No one could have foreseen computer gaming would so quickly evolve into an industry bent on addicting youngsters to their output. No good has come out of that.

Moving on, we're looking at AI. The most common argument I've heard for the rapid introduction of AI in as many spheres as possible is, well, if we don't develop it the Chinese and Russians will! Not quite a sound basis for such a far reaching debate.

It bothers me so much automation is being introduced haphazardly; the only beneficiaries are the vast faceless corporations developing it and similar bodies employing it.

Does any one else think we ought to have a coherent plan. A plan to develop only that which is truly useful to us and reject that which is not?
Artyann
5 days ago
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Yes I am with you on this!
blackbeard
2nd Sep 2018
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I have been driving for 52 years next month and have driven cars, vans, lorries, buses and coaches. I taught lorry and bus driving for 26 years before retiring in 2010. I love technology in all it's forms but like Grahampi I am a strong believer that nothing is foolproof, much less a driverless road vehicle

The system works well on the likes of the Docklands train in London, but that is not foolproof but much more controllable than being on a road

Driving road vehicles as Grahampi suggests takes a lot more concentration and need for planning that most give it credit for.

Whilst humans continue to drive road vehicles, this mixed with driverless road vehicles is not good.

In driving we have base rules, but as we know not everyone stick to the rules and it is the vast amount of variable situations and how each individual thinks about their driving differently from the next driver the mix of driverless and driver controlled vehicles is a recipe for disaster
Grahampi
2nd Sep 2018
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I am a LGV Driving instructor and believe that like anything else in this world nothing is foolproof. Therefore I believe we need to concentrate more on the human element and less on electronic.
Yodama
1st Sep 2018
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Nothing more scary than a hunk of metal managing to stay up in the sky. but we are used to it now. After aeroplanes, electric cars are a doddle compared to that.

We will get used to them after a few hiccups.

Wonder if my car will talk to me and if I can talk to my car?
I always wanted to say " take me home James."
Irene88
1st Sep 2018
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Don't like the idea at all. I was nearly knocked over by a mobility scooter last year because she was too busy reading her phone.

Saying they've got sinsors sounds good but how quick do they react. Someone has already been killed by a driverless car in Arizona see , https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/uber-self-driving-car-kills-woman-arizona-tempe.
Lynne1954
2nd Sep 2018
1
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...and how many people were killed by cars with drivers on the same day?
Raindrop
1st Sep 2018
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They call it progress and you know it will inevitably arrive at some point in the future whether we like it, want it or need it there`s not a lot we can do about it. So let`s not worry too much about it, don`t expect many of us will ever experience it anyway.
Personally I don`t like the idea though.
ArchieUK
1st Sep 2018
2
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Perhaps in the future, but I am not ready for them yet.
Fruitcake13
31st Aug 2018
0
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The very thought of driverless cars scares me!
islandgirl
31st Aug 2018
0
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Absolutely not! Firstly they would need to make some sort of sound to alert people. I was almost hit by an electric powered bus because it was so quiet - and it had a driver! And what if the control system had a failure.....?
Pipgg
31st Aug 2018
1
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I think they are inevitable but need more research.
steve263
31st Aug 2018
0
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The bloody things are a danger. As long as I am alive I will never trust one of these
suesellar
31st Aug 2018
1
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As a non driver, I am concerned about pedestrians and even cyclists not hearing these cars coming or seeing them until they are too close to be able to do anything about it.
Josiew
31st Aug 2018
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I would be very worried in heavy traffic or busy junctions that a driverless car would be able to judge the correct lane, etc.
Tricia Hildyard
31st Aug 2018
1
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Too much at stake should anything go wrong with the care.
DeborahA21
31st Aug 2018
1
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At the moment I drive my own car trusting a car to drive me around just doesn't feel right plus you have other traffic to consider will the car have its own lanes or will it be it be merging with people controlled cars I don't like the thought of that
Mikey1951
31st Aug 2018
1
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If everything was equal, i.e if everything else was working to the same system, then there shouldn't be a problem.
Autonomous transport works fine in a specialised environment a closed system, for examples airport shuttles, Docklands Light Railway, or the Victoria Line as examples.

However add in the human factor and it is a recipie for disaster. Humans are not machines and mixing the two is in my opinion highly dangerous.

So my vote is No, under no circumstances would I ever trust a driverless car.
Collie
31st Aug 2018
0
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I am used to being in control of the vehicle use, change is difficult.

I know that we must move with the times but, maybe I will leave that to the younger generations as did my parents.

I would love to see the end of this "movie" Life!
billyloco
30th Aug 2018
1
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Lets see how they perform first before I give my decision !
Billythequiche
30th Aug 2018
1
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Not yet! Until the technology has been perfected and a few safe years have past, I will still drive or use public transport. I know scientists and manufacturers are trying to convince us but they also did that with the Comet, I do not fear what I do not know, I fear what they do not know.
Retiredyorkie
30th Aug 2018
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As a car driver I would not feel very comfortable sat in the back of a car with no driver, but I am sure It will eventually happen.

Like everything else technology takes over and then it takes quite a few years for things to go smoothly - so we will just have to watch this space.
Wilf
30th Aug 2018
1
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"The shape of things to come". Of course we will have them and in 50 years people will not believe we actually wasted our time driving cars! when we could be reading or learning or enjoying the latest film inside a driverless car. 130 years ago we had horses. In 130 years time think how we will have advanced. Of course we are going through a transition now and there will be lots of learnings but yes in time we will have them. After all the docklands light railway has no drivers and for 30 years most airlines have automatic pilots flying the plane most of the time.
Hank999
30th Aug 2018
2
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I get the feeling that people are more frightened of the unknown than the driverless cars. Do remember there will be someone in the car. When wireless was first introduced people were against it because they believed that wireless airwaves passing through our bodies would cause illness. Let's not panic about the unknown
Darkstar
30th Aug 2018
2
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I think it's a disaster waiting to happen. Look at all the problems we are already having with technology. Could the system be hacked into? Who is at fault after an accident ?
Yodama
30th Aug 2018
1
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Anything to alleviate the stress of driving, especially in Cities where people like me get tickets for driving in bus lanes.

If your car commits a traffic violation, would they fine it or you?

I encounter humans driving dangerously on a daily basis, Perhaps if the control was taken out of their hands, think of it.... less accidents, less police tickets, less excuses of "sorry I'm late, it was the traffic," less of everything.
I think there are lots of things to be ironed out but the march of progress cannot be stopped.

Just wondering, if by some freak of nature, our navigation satellites are knocked out, Everything comes to a dead stop. Something to consider.

Can't wait for flying saucers, now there is a mind boggling idea for humans to be chasing around the skies.
Margaret Hart
30th Aug 2018
1
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The very thought of them terrifies me... I hope that as I’m 71 I’m not around to see them fully introduced.
JudithH75ody
29th Aug 2018
1
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Not at all sure about this technology, but somehow I think a vehicle without someone in control of it, sounds like a bridge too far. I would prefer not to see these on our roads.
ecarg
29th Aug 2018
3
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Accidents are caused by the unexpected happening.U ntill these cars are programmed for every possible eventuality I would not consider them safe.The problem being can anyone predict what may cause an accident,I believe one crashed as the sunlight reflected off a white vehicle and the driver less car did not detect the white vechile and crashed .
kentrix39
29th Aug 2018
1
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I do not trust cars with socalled "drivers " in them trying to manoeuvre them along the road. With the number of mentally ill people we now have in this country the powers that be still give out licences without psychiatric tests. VERY worrying.
Hank999
29th Aug 2018
1
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How can we tell and we can't make an assumption on any driver who has never had an accident. Yes there have been accidents when testing these vehicles but it will take time to be able to announce that they are safe
Yagala
29th Aug 2018
1
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I always like to be in command when I drive a car myself thus I have in the past 60 years or more never had an accident.
One cannot say the same about driverless cars as they had already several accidents even before the came onto the road.
I still say that they are a danger on the roads whenever they will appear on it.

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