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Google Prototype Car Crashes
By: Cindy Wendland
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Google is making news again with new technology. This time it is with a driverless car. This technology has appeal for people with disabilities, those who wish to work on their way to work, and poor drivers. What we were taught in driver’s education is to always be on the lookout for the other driver. While Google’s car may be safe on the road, it doesn’t address safety concerns of other inattentive drivers.

There are people who have never had an accident and those who have never had a traffic ticket. These people may drive slower or be more careful, but they may also be more aware of other drivers. Remember IPDE? It stands for identify, predict, decide, and execute. It means that at a certain instance where a potential traffic incident could occur, the driver needs to determine a way to avoid the accident. Drivers can brake, swerve, back up, or slow down to prevent crashes. Does the Google driverless car eliminate this ability?

There have been two Google car accidents, and Google claims neither was the car’s fault. In the first instance, the car was being driven manually. In the second case, another driver rear-ended the car. Google estimates that replacing all cars on the roads with driverless equivalents would eliminate at least 90% of automobile accidents. That’s impressive.

Many drivers like to have control and would have difficulty relinquishing driving and trusting the car completely. There are also those who really enjoy driving and the freedom it brings. This driverless car may not fill roadways, but it will spark new uses of the technology and bring about more automation. That’s a good thing.

   

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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