Autonomous Car

Posted by: Pastor Noel Dionson September 24th, 2016

There is excitement in the automotive industry at present.  Companies are in a flurry to produce the first working autonomous car or self-driving car.  It is interesting to note that companies which are into researching and developing a full autonomous car come from a wide range of background.  Most established car companies are into it and also some new-comers like Tesla Motors but we also have companies like Google, Uber, Nvidia and others joining the party.  They are hopping in because they believe that this is the next big thing in the automotive industry.

The potential advantages of an autonomous car are many.  Since there is no human driver, travellers can spend their time on leisure or work and they can be overage or underage, blind or intoxicated which are at present issues in driving.  Traffic collision could be avoided because human error is removed.  Traffic congestion could be reduced due to reduced safety distance between vehicles.  These are just a few.

However, people’s reception of autonomous cars is mixed.  In some surveys, acceptance is high but in some the acceptance is low.  I think it is because people have yet to see a working self-driving car.  There are still problems with the autopilot and other things.

Eventually there would come a time as companies continue to test and develop that a car would become driverless but as far as our lives are concern, it is a different story.  To live the lives that we have, they can never be driverless.  Prophet Jeremiah explained, “I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23 NIV).  We need Jesus on the driver’s seat.  He said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (Joh 15:5 NIV).  He knows the twists and turns and most important of all the final destination of our lives.  Matthew 16:24 in the Message Version, Jesus said to his disciples, "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am... Follow me and I'll show you how” (Mat 16:24 MSG).

Our lives can never be self-driving or driverless.  We need Jesus to take the wheel and drive for us.  It is easier and we are sure that we will reach our destination.