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January 16th, 2015

Man vs. Machine: Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

With Humantech located in Ann Arbor, just 30 miles west of Detroit, it’s impossible, even if you’re not a car aficionado, not to get pulled into the hype surrounding the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. And, since Detroit is our parent city, we feel obligated to mention this annual event featuring the coolest cars and newest technologies including self-driving cars.

According to an article published in The Detroit News this week, the thought behind self-driving cars is to reduce accidents by human error, which according to some studies, result in 93 percent of all accidents. Though the technology is there to put a self-driving car on the road, legal and ethical issues aren’t resolved, according to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. However, experts believe these issues will be solved and cars will be in the showrooms as early as 2020.

Technology has certainly improved our lives. Remember the days of waiting for a work document in the mail? Next came the fax, then e-mail. Technology yields immediacy, and in the process, creates a global workplace, one in which business can be conducted everywhere, all the time.

But, what about technology that removes the man from the driver seat? Are you ready to embark on this man vs. machine conundrum?

The self-driving technology will be on display at the Detroit Auto Show this week including three-dimensional cameras and lane-correction devices, to name a few. Visit our blog next week to hear what our ergonomists have to say about this technology.