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Would You Hop In a Driverless Taxi?

, Would You Hop In a Driverless Taxi?, eTurboNews | eTN
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Written by Linda Hohnholz

A driverless taxi refers to a vehicle that operates without the need for a human driver and provides transportation services for passengers.

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These taxis which are also known as an autonomous taxis or self-driving taxis, are equipped with advanced sensors, cameras, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), radar, GPS, and other technologies that allow them to perceive their surroundings, make decisions, and navigate safely through various traffic and road conditions.

The development of driverless taxis is part of the broader field of autonomous vehicles, which aims to revolutionize the transportation industry by offering safer, more efficient, and potentially cheaper transportation options.

What Technology Drives the Taxi?

Driverless taxis use a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and sensors to interpret their environment. They can recognize traffic signals; detect pedestrians, other vehicles, and obstacles; and make real-time decisions to navigate and drive safely.

Many companies, including tech giants like Google’s Waymo, automakers like Tesla, and startups like Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), have been working on developing driverless taxi technology. Extensive testing is being done in various environments to refine the technology and ensure its reliability.

Is it Really Safe?

Safety is a primary concern in autonomous vehicle development. Companies and researchers are working extensively to ensure that driverless taxis can operate safely in a wide range of conditions.

The goal is to reduce human error, which is a major cause of accidents.

Driverless taxis have the potential to bring several benefits, including improved road safety, reduced traffic congestion, increased accessibility for people who cannot drive (such as the elderly or disabled), and lower transportation costs as human drivers’ salaries would not be a factor.

The Biggest Challenge

Going back to the headline of this article, perhaps the biggest challenge of driverless taxis is gaining  public trust in the technology of such vehicles. While driverless technology is already available in some private vehicles, it still requires that the driver be present in order to take over if necessary. So again, we ask, would you hop into a driverless taxi?

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Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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