If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, or have a habit of visiting the city, don’t be surprised if you see a self-driving car on September 14. Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta and City Hall have joined to launch a test that will, hopefully, make the city more friendly to autonomous traffic. On the highly-anticipated day, the vehicle will be guided on its journey by a network of sensors, transmitters, Wi-Fi hotspots, GPS receivers and a list of other gadgets which will be installed along the route. The vehicle will, in turn, provide real-time information needed to avoid obstacles and pay heed to traffic rules.
In the event the technology does fail, a person will be behind the wheel. Atlanta Magazine reports that the test run will take place on Atlanta’s North Avenue down a mile-and-a-half stretch. The technology is being tested as part of the city’s Safer Roads Challenge. Reportedly, Atlanta is the third city in the world to do so.
If the self-driving car completes the test without a hitch, driverless cars may soon become a common sight. To accommodate the autonomous vehicles, roadways and buildings would need to be redesigned to upend how citizens transit around a car-centric metro region.
Aside from technology, there are other obstacles holding back self-driving cars. Concerns such as who is liable in a crash, what happens if a guidance system is hacked and how to handle a period of transition in which drivers are still navigating the streets still need to be answered. However, the development is an exciting one.
While no one can give an exact estimate of when self-driving cars will take over, government officials say it is likely to happen sooner than one might imagine. John Orr, manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s transportation access group, stated: “Transportation technology, which has developed rapidly, will transform the Atlanta region not just in terms of planning but of policy. It’s of critical importance that Atlanta gets out in front of this situation and not get left behind.”
Because humans are more prone to error than computers, Goldman Sachs predicts that as much of 60% of US auto sales will be autonomous by 2030.
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