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How Much Human, How Much Machine?

self driving carWe have been focused in the previous two articles on behalf of your Ontario Buick Car Dealer, on the autonomous driving of the future and how all of the signs point to progress for Buick cars, along with other makes and model cars, trucks and SUVs, but namely in the partial autonomous realm as opposed to fully self-driving. As was pointed out prior, the situations on the roadways will inevitably require alteration in the plans in order to safely maneuver the unexpected, such as a construction site that changes its dynamics at the last minute, or a sudden flood on a roadway that comes along unexpectedly and outside of a machine’s parameters to detect or control.

In moments such as the above described, it would be most ideal for the driver to assume all driving tasks in order to best deal with whatever the situation might be behind the wheel of their Thunder Bay Buick Car.   There is human factor to consider as well and can be a contrast to the opinion that machines will not be appropriate for all driving situations.  Some will argue that humans are never a better option.

Her is what one article recently published in autotrader, found while researching this subject on behalf of your Buick Car Sales in Thunder Bay ON, had to say, “Humans are, well, human. Last summer a disengaged driver in Florida, overestimating the capability of the Autopilot automated-driving system in his Tesla, plowed into the side of a semi without even touching the brakes. Humans are simply unreliable. In 2014, nearly 3,200 people were killed and another 431,000 injured in accidents involving distracted drivers — drivers who were actually supposed to be actively driving their vehicle.”

 

Self Driving Consideration in GMC Trucks

self drivingOn behalf of your GMC Truck Dealership in Canada, we are covering an interest that many people have their eyes and ears pressed towards lately in the automotive industry and that is the subject of autonomous driving and the cars and trucks that we assume will make their way to the roadways at some point in the not-so-distant future.  There is a level for these new future cars and GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay that involves the collision, if you will, of software and humans, whereby the vehicles become actual self-driving machines.  It is referred to as SAE Level 3.

“SAE Level 3 is where software and humans integrate or collide, depending on the expert describing the process. In SAE International’s list of definitions, it is called Conditional Automation. Think of it as the vehicle being able to monitor its surroundings and drive itself in specific situations, such as on a limited-access highway, with the expectation that a human driver will spring into action, re-assuming control at the vehicle’s request.”  I think that this is the level with which most all Thunder Bay GMC Truck consumers are most comfortable. Afterall, as humans, we are quite resistant at giving up complete control over to a machine and perhaps with good reason.  There can and would be conditions that are likely to arise that will require human thought in order to proceed correctly and in the safest fashion most probably.

Let us think for a minute about road construction.  These situations and scenes are subject to variation such that a machine couldn’t possibly be prepared to handle any and all scenarios, but the human mind can see and act in response to the variations.  “At Level 3, once automation is engaged, the vehicle can handle all aspects of driving until encountering something unexpected, such as a road-construction area, a flooded highway or an accident. When faced with an incident beyond its programming or experience, the automation system will alert the driver to retake control.”  This, in the future Canada GMC Trucks is welcome technology to most and takes out the fear of poor programmed response that would only work in certain specific situations.

Self Driving Cars in Thunder Bay

self drivingThe future of automobiles has much in store in the way of technology and someday we will get a clearer picture of specifically all that the new wave of Buick Cars in Thunder Bay ON can do for the future generations of drivers.  We do know that on the brink for just about all makes and models of any lineup of new cars, trucks and SUVs is the promise for autonomous driving in the rather near future.  Autotrader says, “When it comes to self-driving cars, there are some experts who doubt we’ll ever see full automation as defined by the 6-tier SAE International’s Levels of Driving Automation for On-Road Vehicles.  That is, the full-time performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task under all roadway and environmental conditions that can be managed by a human driver.”  The fact that these types of vehicles and Buick cars in Thunder Bay would not even have or need steering wheels makes them seem far from the real deal.

The questions surrounding autonomous driving that are posed by the skeptics are not done so because they lack faith in modern day technology or think that our Thunder Bay Buick Cars won’t be capable of such abilities, rather they questions are posed based on factors such as mapping, regulatory and insurance issues and coexistence of automated and non-automated vehicles such as bikes and motorcycles who will inevitably be sharing the roads with these potentially autonomous Thunder Bay ON Buick cars.

The wild card, or biggest deciding factor in the whole scheme of things really the human element.  This is ironic in and of itself, since we are talking about the elimination or at best drastic reduction of the human factor to begin with.  “Most of those question marks involve the human element of the automation equation, which is the wild card in the progress toward self-driving cars. In fact, the human element looms so large in implementing autonomous technology that a large swath of experts surmise that human shortcomings may require skipping SAE Level 3 entirely.”  There are many experts who agree with the above statement including those who report for the Stanford News.