Autonomous cars are getting closer and closer to becoming an everyday sight on our roads. In fact, Audi just recently announced a pledge to spend close to $16 billion (£12.63 billion) on electric mobility and self-driving technology through 2023, while Volkswagen stated only last summer that its driverless car technology, complete with Level 4/5 capability which means that no attention is required from the driver, is on course to be released into a VW dealership near you in 2021.
However, there are some issues which still need to be figured out when it comes to driverless vehicles before they become a reliable and trustworthy way to get from A to B, says Lee Dover .
Autonomous vehicles can’t predict human behaviour as well as other humans can
Eye contact helps so much when you’re behind the wheel. For one thing, drivers who are trying to navigate safely through a busy area such as a city centre will constantly be keeping an eye out for pedestrians and trying to predict their behaviour. It is those subtle glances which can ensure accidents are avoided on our roads, as motorists will hopefully be able to quickly react if someone suddenly decides to step off a pavement for whatever reason.
Then there is the importance of eye contact that is made between motorists. For example, a driver will be able to realise if another person behind the wheel is in an emotional state or distracted by seeing them while they are driving alongside one another. When an issue is noticed, most drivers will aim to either keep their distance from the car with the problematic motorist or be better placed to anticipate sporadic movements.
Behind the wheel, both eye contact and the correct reading of body language comes in so useful when drivers are making turns […]