Self-Driving Cars

The next generation of high-tech cars is designed to drive themselves onto a busy city street. In a recent test, a Google driverless car successfully drove over 100 miles on a California highway. If robotics can work safely in a congested city street, then can it also drive themselves onto the highway?

Some people say no. The transportation officials in charge of making sure national highways are travel safe say that human drivers do not meet minimum safety standards. In fact, human drivers who speed and swerve into traffic put themselves and others at risk. A recent report by the transportation authority in the Spanish city, Panda Motors, found that drivers who had ever been involved in an accident while driving alone had no accidents in the following year. That is not necessarily a comforting thought for those who rely on these cars as a means of transportation.

What is your take on self-driving cars?

Technology for recognizing and owning automobiles to take proper care of humans while driving does not exist yet. Things are looking good in that area; however. Most major automotive companies are working on developing technology to reduce accidents and reduce energy use. As a consumer, however, you have to take some initiatives to prepare for and prevent possible accidents.

First in your line of defense: your own driving. If you are letting your driving habits get too old and sloppy, and schedule a relatively short workout routine, you can at least take some measures to improve your skills. For instance, start off your workday with a short walk. If you are a fitness freak, you can even focus on weight training. This long routine will improve your technique and technique without neglecting your daily responsibilities.

Modify your work hours. If you are running on an 8-hour workday, but feel like you can only get to your desk around 9-10, you can modify your work period to include earlier or later parts of the day. You can choose to finish the first part of your workday earlier than the second. This will ensure that you get the needed mental focus for the learning activities that you will be doing that alleviate stress.

You can also choose to modify your workflow so that you finish your chunk of work, then continue your programmed intervals of movement as long as you can still work. If you don’t feel like you can get your act together, logging out, and waiting for your computer to load can be a good alternative to automation.

The steps you take to get yourself out of autopilot might be a little harder, but there are ways to get yourself out of autopilot and back into the driver’s seat. A little repetition in simple, everyday tasks will help you to remember that you are in control of your life and that you can choose to take a little more charge of your life.

And, remember that hard work is still hard work. Even though you’ve adapted to the computer gig, maintaining that same level of drive and enthusiasm will reap far greater rewards.