Auto mobiles have been around for years – yet the flaw still remains to be the human!

Posted: February 14, 2016 in K J Foxhall Blog, Technology
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In recent months there has been an emphasis on the debate regarding driverless cars and frankly I can’t help but think that automated vehicles might be a good thing considering the dismal displays of driving I witnessed over Christmas period.

There are many arguments for both sides and The Pathway to Driverless Cars Summary Report provides not only an official but a very good read regarding these.

While I believe that from a safety aspect automated vehicles would be beneficial, given how much people are in a rush nowadays and often let their bad habits take over when behind the wheel, I also question whether these vehicles will hinder the making of progress. For example, would an automated vehicle use evasive driving to make progression in a journey? Presumably it could be trained to know alternative routes like a SatNav, and obviously it would know to avoid potential collisions, but human judgement has always accounted for over half of the skill needed to drive. The rest is the actual tool which is the vehicle one is driving. On the other hand we can argue that humans create technology, therefore we build it based on us.

Another facet to think about would be the resistance to change. How many people would put their faith in this technology, to the extent that they are putting their lives in the automated vehicles, so to speak, hands? Being a part of technology in the legal system for years, I have seen many defy the integration of new technology to the extent that the implementation has been delayed for many years.

However, there is a valid point in the Summary Report which could be a winner, and that is the mention of time. It states that a driver can spend 6 weeks a year driving, and that a driver’s time can be put to more valuable use while travelling, much like a commuter does. While I am paraphrasing, I always thought that it was only lawyers who spoke in the time and money dialect, but that has seemed too evolve into many other fields now.

Perhaps delegating our driving will be welcomed after all.


Google just unveiled its latest autonomous car, and it’s a bulbous two-seater, with no steering wheel, gas or brake.

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