Here at HP Motorsports, our Houston high performance auto service specialists
are always checking out the papers to see what is on the horizon of tuning
up and enhancing vehicles. When everyone was talking about self-driving
vehicles right around the corner, it was easy to tell that most people
were one-part curious, one-part excited, and one-part skeptical. Now that
2016 is nearly over and there aren’t autonomous vehicles in every
driveway, or even
some driveways, we have to wonder what is slowing down or stopping self-driving
Lots of Problems with Unclear Solutions
At this point in time, it is seems like it is easier to say what is wrong
with autonomous automobiles than to say what is right about them. Every
headline you look at has something else to add to the pile of growing
problems and few offer up real solutions.
Some issues of self-driving cars right now include:
Legal issues: Before anything gets done in this country, a law needs to precede it. Many
legislatures can’t seem to agree about all the little details surrounding
the concept of a “robot” driving a vehicle. Does someone need
to be in the driver’s seat? How fast can they go over the speed
limit in certain situations, if at all? The list of uncertainties goes on.
Out-of-date tech: As crazy as it sounds, the cutting-edge, new-to-most-of-us technology some
of these smart cars are using is
already outdated. It’s like how you buy a laptop and two weeks later a better
one is one sale for a better price. How’d that happen? Until the
technology of self-driving vehicles is improved tenfold and perfected,
it probably isn’t safe to put out on the road in big numbers, especially
considering there have already been harmful and fatal crashes involving them.
Hackers: Speaking of technological problems, there are a good deal of people worried
about what a hacker could do with a self-driving car they controlled remotely.
Autonomous vehicles send and receive information constantly to know where
it is in relation to the outside world. Using these same data streams
– probably a simplified term – a computer whiz could theoretically
hack a passing self-driving car and make it do whatever.
Definitely Not Today, Probably Not Tomorrow
It looks like we need to wait at
least another five years until self-driving cars really come to the market.
But, to be completely honest, that isn’t a big deal for our crew
of Houston & Katy automotive specialists at HP Motorsports. We love
working on cars because they’re mean machines, not because they
came out of a sci-fi story. If you want to modify your vehicle in an oil-and-gears
kind of way, we are the shop for you.
Contact us online or call 281.231.9950 to get a
free estimate of your project’s cost. We work on all sorts of vehicles, from sports
cars to trucks to SUVs!