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Semi-autonomous & autonomous car

Semi-autonomous & autonomous car

Posted On 09 Jan, 2019

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At what point would society be comfortable paying for a used car packed with smart technology and expensive systems? While it may sound like a ridiculous thing to assume, it actually isn’t. For instance, many people stay away from sued hybrid cars because the average battery life is about a decade. If the battery of a hybrid car malfunctions, you will find yourself having to spend thousands on replacing it.

Autonomous used cars are not different in that regard. Currently, car makers are occupied or quite frankly, obsessed with the creation of the perfect autonomous car. There’s no doubt that we are close to changing our driving experience forever but would you buy such a vehicle if it has 150,000 miles on its odometer?

That’s right, the more advanced systems that you have on your disposal, the more things to break down.

What experts recommend if you are determined to buy an autonomous used vehicle is to make sure that it has low mileage and that it’s not very old. On the upside, not many cars have such systems nowadays, and not many people look to sell them. So it is doubtful that you will have to face this dilemma in the first place.

In all fairness, fully autonomous cars don’t really exist, and if they do, they aren't legal. Humanity will have to make do with the semi-autonomous vehicles that it currently has. These cars, basically have the features of an autonomous vehicle (adaptive cruise control, auto braking, lane stabilization, etc.) but they still require the presence of a driver to function at a 100%.

This goes to show you that opting for a semi-autonomous used car might be the way to go. You will be able to get all those vital safety components, but you will still have complete control over the "behaviour” of the vehicle.

Experts also strongly advise that you run all the possible tests and diagnostics on the safety systems before you buy the vehicle in question. It’s not about the eventual repairs cost. It is about being safe on the road.

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