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Guess Which Self-Driving Vehicle Was Involved in a Fatal Car Accident?

Self-driving car manufacturers market their products as ultra-safe alternatives to classic vehicles. Recent news suggests there are still some serious flaws. One of Tesla’s vehicles was involved in a fatal car accident while Autopilot was engaged. Autopilot is a self-driving feature in Tesla’s Model S that can steer, brake and accelerate for drivers. This feature uses some of the same devices found in other self-driving vehicles, such as sensors and cameras. Autopilot can read lane dividers and detect some obstacles, but there may still be some flaws. The Tesla Model S involved in this recent accident failed to see a large semi-truck approaching from a perpendicular position. Autopilot might have been unable to notice the white side of the semi-trailer against the backdrop of the brightly lit sky. The Model S involved in the accident went underneath the tractor trailer instead of applying the brakes. Should Drivers Fully Trust Self-Driving…
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Why Driverless Cars May Face Safety Hurdles

Driverless cars might one day promise us a future where accident rates plummet downwards towards insignificance. However, there are still many safety hurdles that driverless cars must overcome before such a future is possible. There are still too many questions surrounding how driverless cars will handle adverse weather events, such as snowstorms and heavy rain. For those who have lived in Lafayette for a considerable amount of time, you know that rain can seemingly appear out of nowhere, meaning this hurdle for driverless cars applies to our town. An article published in The Atlantic raised this point and interviewed several experts in the field of robotics to get their input on adverse weather conditions and driverless cars. According to the head of robotics at Duke University, driverless car testing needs to incorporate adverse weather and traffic conditions. At the moment, Google’s driverless cars pull over during stormy weather. Some manufacturers…
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