Is It Time To Invest In A Self-Driving Vehicle?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Recently, we talked a little about the key features you should check out when buying a safe car. One of the features we highlighted was autonomous technology. If you haven’t already heard of this, what rock have you been living under? Self-driving vehicles are one of the most talked about new pieces of tech right now, at least in the automotive world. You might be wondering whether it’s time to invest in one for yourself. Here’s what you need to think about before jumping on this purchase.

Are You Behind The Times?

You might be wondering whether you have already fallen behind the trends by not purchasing a vehicle like this. Well, fear not, these vehicles are nowhere near as popular as they seem. It’s highly unlikely that you will have ever seen anyone drive one unless of course, you live next to silicon valley. Despite there allegedly being hundreds of these cars already on the road, you’ll find it very difficult to actually spot one, and we’ll get to why this is a little further down.

How Much?

Yep, that’s the question you always need to ask when you purchase a new car. How much will it cost you? Well, the good news is that these cars often come with the latest state of the art tech. Many of them are also fully electric vehicles so on the plus side you’ll save a fortune on fuel. Now for the bad news. For an automated vehicle, you’re looking at paying about ten grand more than you normally would for the same type of car. That new tech certainly isn’t cheap, and this alone might be enough to make you consider whether the purchase is really worth it.

Are They Actually Self-Driving?

Well, yes and no. Technically, yes, these cars will drive themselves. However, even the latest versions of these vehicles require you to have your hands on the wheel at all times. So, you’re a long way from lying back and letting your car take you to a destination several hours away while you have a snooze.

Are They Safe?

Safer, for sure, but if you read at, you’ll find that not every car accident is caused by human error. It’s estimated around twenty percent of accidents have other causes and let’s not forget the tech isn’t always reliable. A Tesla self-driving vehicle crashed at full speed because it didn’t pick up on a potential hazard, killing the man who was ‘driving.’

Final Verdict?

Right now, buying a car with this tech is like buying one of those big and bulky laptops from the nineties. For their time, they are impressive, but they are also fairly pointless, are riddled with issues and just don’t have the level of fine-tuning you want, particularly when thinking about safety. Ultimately then, you might be better off holding back on this particular purchase until the tech improved and you get more bang for your buck. You can learn more at

We hope this helps you decide whether an automated car is the right purchase for you.

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