Every major car maker in the world is focused on developing self-driving cars. Automotive manufacturers from BMW to Ford are pouring tons of money and resources into getting self-driving cars on the roads, as are leading tech companies like Apple and Google. In fact, Google spent last summer testing their version of the self-driving car on roads throughout Northern California. Conservative estimates forecast that there will be 10 million self-driving cars on North American roads by 2020. The big question, though, is will consumers rush to adopt self-driving cars? While the industry plows ahead with their plans for completely autonomous vehicles, many citizens are taking a wait-and-see attitude to this new technology. And why not? There’s no guarantee that self-driving cars will be enjoyable. Or even practical. In fact, there are many reasons why the self-driving car revolution might actually suck. Here are 10 of those reasons.
10. Self-Driving Cars Are Programmed to be Cautious
There’s no road rage with self-driving cars. In fact, the prototype self-driving cars that have been developed and tested to date are deliberately programmed to be cautious, some reviewers even say “timid,” on roads and freeways. The cars generally drive slowly and always err on the side of caution in any situation. The cars never respond to aggressive or threatening driving by other motorists, and most are programmed to pull over, stop and wait until a threat to the car or its occupants is eliminated. Google has described its self-driving car as being programmed to be “a careful student driver on the road.” While this may be good in terms of safety, it is likely going to make traveling in a self-driving car pretty boring.