Google AI powered driverless vehicles making San Francisco a testing ground

If you browse online news sources covering San Francisco, it’s evident that there is a recurring theme of articles highlighting accidents involving driverless vehicles. These incidents range from head-on collisions with buses to disregarding warning signs and driving into power lines, regardless of their magnitude. Considering the performance of Google’s autonomous vehicles, this situation is certainly worrisome.

Most of these incidents occur in and around San Francisco, causing the public to live in constant fear of being involved in an accident with an AI-driven vehicle at any given time. Despite being hailed as the future of transportation in the city, there is still much to be understood and evaluated before such a declaration can be made.

Fortunately, these incidents have not resulted in serious injuries or fatalities thus far, although they have led to property damage and significant traffic congestion.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, representatives from the city’s fire department and first responders have also expressed concerns regarding Google’s self-driving cars. These technological marvels often become confused with red lights from emergency vehicles and come to a halt in the middle of the road, causing traffic disruptions and creating challenges for 911 responders.

Automobile manufacturers such as GM, Ford, Tesla, and Jaguar acknowledge that issues are expected during the early stages of tech development. However, they believe that these challenges will gradually diminish as the technology advances and evolves.

Until then, the residents of San Francisco may have to endure the negative consequences associated with AI-driven vehicles, as they continue to navigate through their city.

Note: Autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless cars, rely on an array of cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence software, and radar to enable independent movement and transportation between destinations, eliminating the need for human intervention behind the steering controls.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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