Acceptance Of Autonomous Vehicles Essay

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Acceptance of Autonomous Vehicles Putka, Jeffrey E N585 Trends in Media, Information and Communications Professor Mannheimer Question: What will be the consensus of public perception on the proliferation of autonomous vehicles? Will there be acceptance or fear? Will people ride on a driverless bus, or fly on a pilotless plane? Will people soon look to personal drones to attend to their own personal errands for them? As with any new technology with the capacity to replace an established technology, or status quo, the public can be suspicious towards adoption, as was the case when automobile first began to challenge the dominance of the horse and carriage as the primary mode of long-distance travel. Follow-on question: When automobile technology supplanted the horse and carriage a the primary mode of human travel, it also gave rise to the modern suburb and commuting, with the primary work force of the cities no longer being required to live within a short distance from their occupation. Will automated modes of transportation prompt any similar social changes? Will there be segregation of automated and non-automated transportation technology? History of Unmanned Flight: The current technology employed by the United States Air Force in their Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), or as the public more commonly knows than as ‘drones’, traces its lineage of development back to the United States’ Civil War when both the Union and the Confederacy used hot-air balloons to spy on the other side, attempting to ascertain troop strength, movements, and to more accurately direct artillery fire. During the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Military affixed a kite with a camera, resulting in the world’s first aerial reconnaissance photos. When aircraft... ... middle of paper ... ... positions eliminated, as they have been replaced by automated means of ticketing and check-in. Ultimately there is potential that this savings could be passed on to the consumer with lower ticketing pricing. Safety Robotic pilots and drivers don’t suffer from the same conditions as their counterparts, such as being tired or bearing emotional stress. They also benefit from more advanced sensing capabilities which could allow them to be more aware of their surroundings. Automated vehicles could respond better the emergency situations due to the lack of panic. Efficiency Just as with safety, robots are not vulnerable to human conditions and therefore do not have to take breaks, which can lead to increased operating times. Additionally, both air and ground vehicles could be operated in more efficient manners, reducing traffic congestion and decreasing transit times.

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