Self-Driving Cars, The Future or the World’s Next Nightmare

 

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With the advancement of technology, the once unimaginable self-driving car is now moving closer to becoming a reality. While the general public can toy with the thought of what these futuristic science-fiction ideas can do for their lives, we have to, at the end of the day, be realistic to what can and cannot happen. That leads me to the million dollar question: Can we inherently believe that these machines can take us from point A to point B without any errors? While many critics can rebuttal with the subway and train system as examples, the world, and our technology, is simply not ready for something this drastic.

Now I am not saying that the idea should not be attempted. In fact, I do believe there are incredible benefits to self-driving cars. For instance, many of these cars can provide the options for independence for elderly and visually impaired loved ones. In addition, self-driving vehicles can provide the freedom and relaxation for drivers coming back to work. As brilliant and life changing self-driving car would be, we have to understand the technologies overall limitations. Anything dealing with technology will, in most cases, endure a drastic amount of flaws. That is the nature of the game. While self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through the streets with sensors detecting objects as far as two football fields away in any and all directions, the technology has already a variety of speed bumps. The main one is its lack of recognition for United States roadways.

In various tech articles, self-driving cars are getting a lot of criticism for their struggle to cope with United States roads. With shoddy infrastructure and badly maintained roadways, engineers are vexed in developing the right technology for these cars to perform at optimal levels. In fact, many automakers are forced to develop more sophisticated sensors and maps to compensate for its lack of performances. For many of these cars, they utilize cameras, radars and lasers (sensors) as their eyes and ears with their surrounding environment. But even with their achievements, they are still unable to overcome this hurdle. Boston Consulting Group has gone as far as to estimate that the science fiction robot car manufacturers may have to spend more than $1 billion dollars over the next decade to research solutions in developing more sophisticated features.

Now even if these self-driving cars are able to detect the shoddy roads, they will still need to accommodate and analyze human intelligence as a part of their technology. For example, simple instances such as a hand gesture signal or wide turn signals should be already ingrained in its software. While we have not heard of any of these features just yet, these are definitely ideas that should be taken into consideration if we want to make this technology efficient and effective for the everyday driver.

The only thing we can do now is to wait and see what the next self-driving car can have for us. Hopefully, they can provide the necessary needs for its next test.

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Electric Cars and their Milestone within the 21st Century

 

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With the world shaping their view to more environmentally friendly alternatives, electric cars have continued to gain a wide range of popularity year after year. For many people, these cars are not simply a solution to gas-guzzling options. Instead, they are the key to a better and brighter future.

Like with any big item expenses, there is a lot of thought that goes into these purchases. For greener electric cars, you have to consider the price, style, comfort, safety, reliability, convenience, and of course the overall performance these models can serve for your needs. But what makes electric cars the more viable option is the long-term value and return on investment you will get out of these cars. Ultimately the cost versus value goes beyond your monetary value and sticker price you agree to said-purchase. Instead, it comes down to the detrimental effects standard cars and trucks have on the environment as a whole. This toll includes unhealthy air pollution, oil spills, damage to habitats, and global climate disruption.

For the general public, they continue to remain unaware of the pollution and harm standard gas-guzzling cars have on the environment. With global warming continuing to be an ever-pressing problem, electric cars serve as a more sustainable option that attends the needs without jeopardizing the environmental necessities for our future generation. One of the biggest contributions to this cause is, of course, Mr. Elon Musk and his company Tesla Motors. Tesla first gained widespread attention following their production of the Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car. With new incoming fully electric luxury models, Tesla has begun to tackle not just environmental problems, but also the aesthetics and performance of a strong car. As of March 31st, 2016, Tesla Motors has successfully sold almost 125,000 electric cars worldwide since the delivery of its first Tesla roadster back in 2008.

Now, with more awareness and the efficiency and effectiveness of electric cars, many countries all around the world are beginning to acclimate this option within their everyday lives. As of April 2016, the United States is the leading country market with a stock of about 450,000 highway legal light-duty plug-in electric vehicles delivered since 2008. China ranks second with around 300,000 units sold since 2011, followed by Japan with about 150,000 plug-in units sold since 2009, both through March 2016. Almost 475,000 plug-in electric passenger cars have been registered in Europe up until March 2016, making the continent the world’s largest light-duty plug-in regional market. Currently, Norway is said to be the highest market penetration per capita in the world where over 1 in every 100 passenger cars on the roads is a plug-in electric vehicle.

So, if you are looking for a new car for the family, I highly recommend you consider an electric car as your next option. Remember, this is not just a decision for your family’s need, but for their future requirements as well.

Elon Musk and the Future of Driving

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In many interviews, Elon Musk has stated that, “It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” While the man is far from ordinary, Elon Musk has gone above and beyond by taking the ideas and dreams of millions of people across the globe and turning them into a tangible reality. His mind and his brilliance has lead many in awe and continues to do so with his various accomplishments with SpaceX and Tesla.

Even when he was a young boy, Elon Musk was always driven by his imagination. He began showing strong capabilities at the young age of ten where he self-taught himself how to program. By twelve, he was able to take that foundational knowledge of coding and programing and created and sold a code for BASIC-based video game called Blastar to a magazine company. While he was able to assume a small financial success of a few hundred dollars, the sale itself was just the beginning to Musk impact on society.

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By age nineteen, Musk decided to continue his studies of computer science, physics, and business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Elon had intended to further his knowledge with a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University. But with the work of a new project, he felt that it was best to leave his program and begin his journey as an entrepreneur.

As an entrepreneur, Elon was able to see immediate success with Zip2, also known as PayPay, after selling it for millions. While making a large fortune from the sale, Musk felt the need to do more than just retire from the entrepreneurship game. Instead, Elon decided to optimize his financial gain to drive his vision, beliefs, and fantasies by establishing SpaceX (2002) and Tesla Motors (2003). For Musk, it wasn’t seen as a risk. Instead, it was seen as the first domino in a line of much needed change.

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Today, one of the biggest problems going on in the world is global warming. While many efforts have been made to sustain the negative effects of greenhouse gases, Elon Musk has been able to affectively change one of the leading causes for greenhouse gases, driving. For decades, driving has become one of the main causes for greenhouse gas emission. The gas used to drive releases an exhaust that has continuously damaged the earth year after year. Thus sparked the electric car. Now, while the idea may have been out there, the look, elegance, and efficiency that Tesla Motors have produced is something out of this world. There ability to produce the world’s first electric sports car showcases the demand and need for eco-friendly cars.

Today, Tesla Motors is in position to release two new model, the 2016 Tesla Model S and Model X. These two models are seen to be the safest, fastest, and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. To learn more about each model, please visit the link here: Tesla Motors