Our Safety on the Road

Through the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Developments’ database, Australia alone have over 750 FATAL crashes and over 800 FATALITIES due to car accidents from the 1st of January to 30th of September 2014, which is an average of approximately 2.96 fatalities and 2.88 fatal crashes per day. With such terrifying statistics we can assume that for the October data update, roughly 180 more incidents will be recorded. These incidents are mainly due to miscalculations, speeding, fatigue, recklessness and etc.

How do we avoid these tragedies?

How do we stop bad driving?

How do we minimise damage?

How do we increase safety?

Well, the answers are all with UmK (United Micro Kingdom) and their idea of Robocars/Digicars.

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(Dunne & Raby, 2012)

Before we delve into the concept, lets get a good idea of what exactly is UmK. ‘The UmK is a deregulated laboratory for competing social, ideological, technological and economic models.’ (Dunne & Raby, 2012) What we are focusing on in this ‘four super-shires’ (Dunne & Raby, 2012) are the Digitarians who ‘depend on digital technology and all its implicit totalitarianism — tagging, metrics, total surveillance, tracking, data logging and 100% transparency.’ (Dunne & Raby, 2012)

What is a Robocar/Digicar?

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(Dunne & Raby, 2012)

It is ‘a development of electric self-drive cars being pioneered today’. (Dunne & Raby, 2012) ‘Robocars will be highly unlikely to get in accidents and will park themselves after dropping off their passenger’ (Templeton, 2008)

Basically, you’ll be safer on road. No need to worry about bad driving skills, slow reactions and unforeseen happenings that seem to always be the blame for things. Truthfully I’ve heard too many of those stories where outrageous excuses are being told just to avoid blame, “the kerb moved closer to my car and hit it!”, sometimes I don’t know whether to cry or laugh because I’m in their car…

There have already been prototypes and test cars out there that have succeeded one way or the other. The first step would be the new ‘Auto-Park’ feature for parallel parking in some current cars and although some have complained about it’s failure to park if there is no car in the front/back, it’s the little steps we take that count. While you dwell on the idea of Robocars/Digicars, have a look at the video below which shows us what our roads can potentially look like in the future with the existence of Robocars.

(Dunne & Raby, 2012)

It’s something we definitely can look forward to in the future!!!

Bibliography

Australian Government 2014, Australian Road Deaths Database, viewed 20 October 2014,
<http://www.bitre.gov.au/statistics/safety/fatal_road_crash_database.aspx>

Dunne, A. & Raby, F. 2012, United Micro Kingdoms, Accessed 20 October 2014,
<http://www.unitedmicrokingdoms.org/introduction/>

Dunne, A. & Raby, F. 2013, Digicars-anim-vimeo, Accessed 20 October 2014,
<http://vimeo.com/64919150>

Templeton, B. 2008, Templetons, Accessed 20 October 2014,
<http://www.templetons.com/brad/robocars/design-change.html>

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