Development, Tech

Imagine your Uber ride pulling up in front of you – driverless. Would you get in?

Self-driving cars are a reality, and mega-start up Uber is making a bold bet on them: they recently bought out a self-driving truck startup, Otto. And while you may think it’s a little far-fetched, we’re actually very close to (if not right on top of) that aforementioned driverless-ness. Today, a 3-year old company called nuTonomy launched the world’s first self-driving taxi in Singapore. But Tesla cars with “autopilot” have been on the market since 2015. Even Google, the internet and technology overlord of the world, has been onboard with the movement, with their prototype making rounds on the streets near their headquarters for the past year.

Google's Self-driving Car Prototype

Google’s Self-driving Car Prototype

But how much can we trust automation and intelligent technology? For most of us, it’s still a novelty rather than a necessity. Earlier this year, a Tesla car driver was killed when its so-called Autopilot technology couldn’t detect a tractor-trailer crossing in front of the vehicle. The driver– who was watching a Harry Potter film at the time of impact– would have been able to react under Tesla’s system, however, because Autopilot is actually an assisted driving system, whereby the user still has control over the vehicle, and– according to Tesla– should have their hands on the wheel in a regular driving posture.

To be fair, some of the semantics and legalities surrounding current technological capabilities are not up to scratch. But there is no doubt that automation is the direction we’re headed in. We’ve already seen these technologies and softwares streamline processes from accounting management to assisting commercial flights. But we’ve also seen technology seemingly betray us: case-in-point the 2016 #CensusFail.

If surrendering all your personal information to robots and machines is not your idea of security and safety – think again. If you’ve actually read into any case of data leaks, you’ll notice that humans are the ones responsible – not the machines themselves. A machine has neither emotion nor motive to mess with your data. If information is threatened by anything, it’s a human’s self-interest. The risk of hacks will always exist in the digital world – so long as humans are online – but they’re not always successful.

A perfectly automated system makes a process so self-efficient that human interaction and manipulation is almost unnecessary. That means no prying eyes are ever laid on precious data and no one ever finds a reason to dig.

But make no mistake: automated systems still require human effort. For effective systems, humans still need to be in charge of strategic planning and execution. Once the setup is right, the real value of these technologies will come into play.

So for now, will Uber and taxi drivers lose their jobs? No. Can we expect less road rage with the use of self-driving cars? Yes. Do you need to make sure you have a robust online system from get-go – yes indeed! The best way forward for any online platform and website is to stay on top of your security and system upgrades. So chat to us about improving your odds and learn how to protect your website and online platform from cyber attacks today.

 

Lead Image Source: Mark Rain, https://flic.kr/p/4hDugc

Insert Image Source: Google, https://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/