Once upon a time, if you wanted to steam up the windows a bit, you had to pull up the closest kissing rock on Google Maps, kick on some sweet tunes via Bluetooth on your smart phone, and keep it PG during the drive.
Okay, so maybe that exact scenario doesn’t crop up often, but soon, it might never happen again. As we move further and further in the direction of self-driving cars, handing the wheel off to a computer might just mean things heating up a bit in the back— or even front— seat. Barrie Kirk from the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence had this to say on the subject: “I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more lovemaking in cars… That’s one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, ‘Take over.’”
While it sounds like a pretty absurd concern on its face, distracted driving is a major cause of concern today that autonomous cars seek to eliminate.The United States alone saw 413,000 car crashed caused by distracted driving in 2014, resulting in 3,179 deaths. Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo, predicts self-driving cars will lower car accidents 80 percent by 2035, but what about right now?
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