AI Autonomous Cars Gleaning Lessons From Accelarousal-Prone Human Drivers

 AI Autonomous Cars Gleaning Lessons From Accelarousal-Prone Human Drivers

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   

I feel the need, the need for speed. We all know that famous line.   

I feel the need, the need for acceleration. That’s a line that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. 

It is also a somewhat different way to frame or discuss the need or rapt desire for speed. If you are driving a car, there is the notion of a moment-in-time aspect entailing the speed of the vehicle. We are legally supposed to adhere to the stated speed limit. Our speed might be slow when in a school zone and might be relatively high or fast when driving on an open freeway.   

Some drivers relish driving fast and at times exceeding the speed limit. Perhaps they are late for work and are in a hurry to get to the office. Maybe the driver is someone that just relishes going fast. The posted speed limit might not necessarily be on their minds, other than as a general guide as to what their speed is supposed to be.   

Acceleration is the attainment of speed based on increasing velocity over time. We all understand this notion and experience it while driving or perhaps when enjoying a breathtaking ride on a roller coaster.   

Think about driving a car. Upon coming up to a red light, you bring your car to a stop and are no longer moving. Once the light turns green, you give your vehicle a bit of gas or push down on the accelerator pedal and the car rolls forward. Some drivers like to do those jackrabbit starts, pushing the pedal to the metal and skyrocketing down the street. Other drivers prefer a steady and gradual pace of acceleration. 

Are you the type of driver that likes to do a quick snap from a standing position and gun your engine as you zoom along, or are you the type that prefers a calmer incremental acceleration?   

In some ways, our driving laws tend to allow for a bit of latitude in your acceleration, while being tight when it comes to speeding. There usually isn’t a rule against rocketing accelerations. If you want to go from zero to 45 miles per hour on a street that has a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, you can choose generally how fast you want to get to that top speed. No rule normally exists that says you can only proceed at a pace of some X number of feet per second.   

That being said, there is no question that you can get busted if your acceleration causes traffic-related problems. A driver that zips forward might disturb other traffic. Pedestrians that are crossing the street might be endangered. In short, though acceleration itself is not specially regulated, your acceleration can create unsafe roadway conditions, and you can be cited accordingly.   

There are also real dangers to rapid acceleration. A driver that is screeching forward would seem more likely to get themselves into driving trouble. Your control of the car is l


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