Cruise Robotaxis are Mainstream! But its Ethical and Safety Regulations Are Still Obscure
Recently, self-driving company Cruise received a permit to charge for robotaxis!
Self-driving vehicles company Cruise has received a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to charge for fully driverless rides. Cruise’s driverless robotaxis have been a long time coming. It is the first and only company to operate a commercial, driverless ride-hail service in the US. But while Cruise was approved to give rides in its fully driverless vehicles without safety drivers, its autonomous vehicles will have a human to monitor behind the wheel. Cruise, for its part, is hailing the permit to give rides to passengers in fully driverless vehicles is a milestone.
The Safety and Regulation Concerns Around Robotaxis
Autonomous vehicle (AV) is regarded as the ultimate solution to future automotive engineering; however, safety still remains the key challenge for the development and commercialization of AVs. The AV industry is making progress in trying to make sure the technology is safe, but regulation that could enforce safety requirements is largely absent. The self-driving vehicles are not as safe as human drivers. These cars lack the most crucial component that is needed during driving, which is instinct.
These AVs help to save lives and prevent injuries on roads and also could remove human error from the driving equation and prevent the lion’s share of crashes. These autonomous vehicles encourage the possibility of an economic boom for countries. The evolution of automotive technology aims to deliver even greater safety benefits than earlier technologies. Autonomous vehicles can be trained to be safer than human-controlled cars. With sensors and cameras, they can enhance the safety of a driver.
Florida is the first state to allow anyone with a valid driver’s license to operate an autonomous vehicle on public roads. But it does not require an operator inside the vehicle. The remote operator must have the means to engage or disengage the autonomous technology if necessary. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the first iteration of its “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy”.