Self-driving cars can earn driver’s trust with communication


Today, the technology has taken over our lives and everything this world contains. The global scientific advancement trends are moving towards automation of everything. Human computer interaction is developing rapidly. We are now more dependent upon technology than ever before because the inventions and latest devices have earned our trust by minimizing our workload accurately and efficiently.

Autonomous car is one of such virtues of rapidly advancing technology. But in this case the stakes are high as well. Autonomous cars are something far beyond than enjoying the perks of staying in touch with friends, having the things delivered at our door step or enjoying the luxury of finding nearby pizza places effortlessly by tapping fingers on screen.

Generally the technology based services have earned our trust being reliable, efficient, fast and accurate. Following the “seeing is believing” rule, we are truly trusting the technology for making our lives easy and magical. But when it comes to “self-driving cars” it becomes bit difficult to enjoy this luxury without getting alarmed by the fear of worst consequences in case of a malfunction.

Can we trust software’s accurate functioning with our lives? In case of Google Maps or Amazon software bug, there will be an app crash or website outage at maximum. But if there comes a little bug in the software of a self-driven car, the consequences will be dire and fatal with a wreckage of steel and debris.

According to recent surveys, we came to know only 26% of daring people who can trust their lives and investment with a “self-driven car”. This low percentage shows this autonomous car technology has still miles to go for earning the public trust to become a successful trending technology.

Effective communication and interaction between two parties is the crucial element for building trust between them. In case of self-driven cars, there are still many avenues left for improvement. These cars must be trained for effectively communicating their intentions to people and pedestrians on roads. Without a driver in the car, it’s quite a challenge for an autonomous vehicle to interact positively with a human crossing the signal ahead.

There are companies like working for bridging this “trust” gap between public and self-driven vehicles by incorporating the mechanism of displaying “dynamic signs” to public around the car. These dynamic signs will be fixed at sides of the cars displaying the messages and cautions for public to convey them the intentions of this driver-less vehicle. Messages like “waiting for you to cross” will convey the public how this self-driven car is going to behave the next minute.

The appearance and designing of these drivers-less autonomous cars is done to create a distinction. So, the public can easily identify these “no-driver” cars by their orange and blue colour.

While the big companies in autonomous car’s industry are experimenting day and night to make this technology safer and reliable, we can just hope and anticipate the better future of our world moving towards automation.



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