By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider
When driving a car, you could really benefit from having a bird’s-eye view of the driving scene. Let’s explore why.
Imagine that you are driving in a crowded and altogether hectic downtown area. There are humongous skyscraper buildings that are towering over you and ostensibly blocking any chance of seeing beyond an extremely narrow tunnel-vision perspective of the roadway. Among the visual obscurity, you cannot see anything on the streets that intersect with the road that you are currently driving on. Until you get directly into an intersection, you pretty much have no idea what is taking place on any of those perpendicular avenues that are to the left and right of you.
You come to a corner that is packed with pedestrians and signposts, once again blocking your view, and decide to engage a rapid and sharp right turn. Just as you poke forward into the turn, you’ll have a very brief chance to glimpse whatever lies beyond. In that split second, you have to visually scan the entire driving scene and hope that you can mentally ascertain the considerations and contortions of whatever unknown menaces are looming ahead of you.
For example, as you make the right turn, you might suddenly come upon a car that is unlawfully parked in the active lane. You didn’t see the halted car until making your turn, and could ram directly into the back of this reckless driver.
Your mind races as you consider your options.
You could hit the brakes, but this might get you violently rear-ended by a car that is closely following your turn. Another possibility would be to swing wide, going into the lane to the left of the illegally stopped car. But other traffic is using that lane, and your attempt to dart into their path could be catastrophic. You will either sideswipe one of those innocent cars or possibly disrupt their steady flow and produce a series of automotive-screeching cascading collisions.
Sadly, neither option is satisfactory.
This is the nature of driving. You are always on the edge of your seat because you are in the midst of continually making life-or-death decisions. Most people that sit down at the steering wheel are not actively thinking about the life-or-death matters involved in driving a car. Until they get themselves into a dicey driving situation, they take for granted the grim magnitude of the driving task.
All it takes is for you to make the wrong decision, and you can end up striking other cars (or they could ram into you). Besides the likely damage to the vehicles, there is a viable chance of you getting injured, plus your passengers getting injured. There is also the likely chance of injuring the driver of the other car and the passengers in that vehicle. Regrettably, there is also the real
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