Driverless cars are expected to be the next big thing. In the future, it is expected many people, if not everyone, will have driverless cars. However, despite the name, driverless cars are not truly driverless. The driver still sits in the driver’s seat and monitors where the car is going, what programs need to be employed, and can slam on the brakes if needed to avoid an accident or hazard that the driverless system cannot see or identify. Due to their expected growth in the future, many Drivers Ed instructors are facing a unique challenge. They wonder if they should dedicate time to driverless cars in Driver’s Education classes. While there are a few benefits to doing so, there are many reasons not to at this time. Here are a few of those reasons.
Focusing on the Future Takes Away from the Skills Needed Now
One of the biggest downsides to dedicating time to driverless cars now is that it takes away time from teaching the skills that are needed to drive a car now. Those taking drivers education courses now need to learn how to operate the standard cars that are in front of them. When you start talking about driverless cars or teaching skills for those cars, you are taking away valuable time that could be spent teaching the students about defensive driving, avoiding accidents or other skills that they will use right now.
You Don’t Know How Driverless Cars Will Truly Operate in the Future
Another reason why Driver’s Education classes should not dedicate much time, if any, to driverless cars at this time is because you don’t know how these cars will operate or function in the future. You don’t know what the laws will be for these cars and you don’t know what features, functions and technological advancements that they may have in place by the time they are rolled out to the public. As such, if you start teaching people about them now, and the cars drastically change due to safety laws or technology, the past training was basically a waste of time.
Cities, Counties and States May Require Separate Training for Driverless Cars in the Future
Now, no one knows how cities, counties or states are going to handle the roll-out of driverless cars. Since driverless cars are so different than standard cars, there is a good possibility that drivers will have to undergo a separate training or educational program to be licensed to operate these cars. If you receive training on these cars now, it won’t be applicable to any required training courses or educational courses in the future, as no standards for the classes or class requirements are in place.
If You Don’t Use the Skills, You May Lose Them
The last reason why Driver’s Education classes should not dedicate time to driverless cars is because if you don’t use the skills, you will likely lose them. And since driverless cars are not currently used by the everyday person, there is a good possibility the students will lose the knowledge and skills they were taught about driverless cars.
There are a few benefits to dedicating time to driverless cars in Driver’s Ed courses now. But the downsides outweigh the benefits. While driverless cars are expected to be popular in the future, no one knows exactly what training will be needed to operate them and how the cars will for sure operate. As such, it is best to require and focus on training only when these factors are made clearer.