Article by: Kyle Kim
Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae
The first automobile closest to the modern car was invented in 1807 by Francois Isaac de Rivaz. The automobile used internal combustion engines fueled by hydrogen. This concept was then evolved, as most of our innovations that are present today are, into what we know as the modern car. Modern cars can have sustainable and longer lasting fuel – solar and electric powered cars are the most common. Recently, Google has released an extraordinary new type of car: a self driving vehicle. It is set to be released in few years, depending on how well the prototypes perform; Google claims that “self driving cars will be the norm.” Google has already released 25 prototypes in order to assess the safety and reliability of these cars. The speed will be capped at 25 miles per hour and will be set to drive for 10,000 miles of city streets per week. This ensures that the car gets plenty of practice for dealing with strange or unfortunate circumstances that may occur. Additionally, there is a brake pedal, steering wheel and an accelerator to allow for manual overrides.
The students of International School Manila seem to be surprised by the update of the self driving car. Since the car is very new and experimental, some students are “skeptical that the car might not work”, such as sophomore Jinny. Other students think that the car might “change modern transportation to a more efficient manner”, such as sophomore Jinyoung. Although the idea of a self driving car may be considered unsafe by some people, this idea is being tested and will likely produce good results for a greater future. In 20 years’ time, this car might be able to solve human driving errors and help drivers and passengers.