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Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Replace the Classics?

As Silicon Valley would have us believe it, in a decade none of us will actually be driving our cars anymore. That job will have been taken over by artificial intelligence and the concept of actually getting behind a wheel will be laughed at as an antiquated bastion of the old world.

Yes, it’s true that technology is advancing at an alarming rate and self-driving technology is indeed within reach. But just because we can do something does that mean we should? Would you be as likely to step into a car without a driver as you would be to step into a plane without a pilot?

Taking baby steps

Self-driving cars are reported to be legally allowed on UK roads later this year, though with some rather significant restrictions. For example, the technology is legally limited to controlling the speed and position of a car in a single lane and it won’t be allowed to drive faster than 37mph. Not only that but the driver will legally be required to stay alert so they can take control within 10 seconds, if requested. So no sleeping behind the wheel. It’s more cruise control than self-driving if we’re being honest.

Human error

The major argument for self-driving cars is that the vast majority of accidents are caused either directly or indirectly for human error. Autonomous vehicles take that possibility almost completely off the table. The theory is that complete automation could save thousands of lives over the next decade. However, there are still many among us who would simply not trust a machine over a flesh and bone driver.

You can’t replace the classics

The final argument, of course, is that this new generation of self-driving electric vehicles could completely replace the glorious classic cars we’ve come  to know and love. However, we honestly can’t see that being a problem. Yes, classic car insurance might be costly and yes, some of the older  models might guzzle gas a little more greedily than is perhaps dignified in 2021 but there’s a certain charm and magic to these cars that will never be replaced by computer-assisted identikit drones.

We might be moving into an increasingly automated future with the likes of Tesla leading the pack as far as that tangent is concerned, but classic cars are not going anywhere anytime soon. These kind of beauties are never going to be retrofitted as automated or even automatic vehicles because the engineering behind them is too complex and too unique.

As such, as long as there are car enthusiasts and petrol heads willing to keep the love of four-wheels and the open road alive, there will always be classic cars and they will always be driven by you and me.

Hernaldo Turrillo
Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.

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