There are however, still many concerns regarding this technology. Below are just a few of them:
– The vehicles’ ability to respond to emergency situations, such as in the above-mentioned scenario.
– People putting their lives in the hands of robot technology. This sounds a little like science fiction but is very real and fast-approaching.
– Hacking threats. Because these cars would be essentially connected by Wifi there is—as there is now for any car that has internet capability—the potential to be hacked. Hackers from anywhere could speed up or slow down the vehicle or even disengage the braking system, among other threats.
– There hasn’t been enough testing done on the cars to cover all potential scenarios for safety. Again, as stated above, Google admits they are not at Level 4 capability yet.
Although the technology isn’t perfected yet, the above-mentioned benefits show us that Waymo and other companies developing self-driving cars are making strides to get autonomous vehicles on the roads. However, as you can see, the disadvantages of the current level of development shows that companies have a ways to go to make this a reality.
There is much debate about the timeline for self-driving cars to dominate the roadways with many believing this will be the norm for transportation in the next couple of years. Whatever the timeline is, most agree, it will be a reality and will dramatically change the way we travel in the near future.