The Case for Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are coming. There are many technological and legal advances that need to be made, but the general consensus is clear: the use of self driving cars is inevitable. Google has been experimenting with driverless cars for years, and their newest prototype has no steering wheel or pedals, and runs completely without passenger interference. This looks to be the way of the future, and there are many advantages that will come with driverless cars.

First of all, driverless cars should greatly reduce the number of accidents on our roads. If you look at different accidents, the common factor is almost always human error. Distracted driving, falling asleep at the wheel, and driving under the influence are all common causes of accidents, and all three can be avoided if you take the human out of the equation. In the future, cars will all act in one network and communicate with each other. This means that human error can be completely avoided, resulting in a great decrease in accidents.

In addition to less crashes, driverless cars will also result in a much more efficient traffic system. If cars can communicate with each other they can go much faster, because they will be able to regulate their speed to the flow of traffic. Because of their split-second response times, they will be able to react to a constantly changing environment and avoid any possible threats. This means that people will be able to travel places much more quickly, and traffic and congestion will be reduced substantially. Such a dramatic increase in efficiency is bound to have great effects on our economy, as well as our society as a whole.

But perhaps the best part of driverless cars is the convenience they can bring. No longer will parents have to constantly chauffeur their kids around, and now little Timmy can be brought to soccer practice while his parents work or cook dinner. Also, we will not need to deal with the fatigue and boredom brought about by long car trips, because one can just sit back with a movie or even go to sleep. Designated drivers will become obsolete, because the car will be the one doing the driving. Those with disabilities will also be much more mobile, and won’t have to rely on others to drive. Overall, driverless cars will be far more convenient and helpful than current ones.

But despite the many benefits they can bring, we have a long road ahead of us before driverless cars become ubiquitous, and there are some definite issues to resolve. The technology for self driving cars is not quite there yet, and some big strides need to be made before we can be secure in our usage of them. There are also some legal issues that come with driverless cars: if you get in a crash, does the car company pay or do you? A big issue is is the presence of some driverless cars and some manually driven. It is clear that for full effectiveness every car on the road would have to be self driving, but many people dread the change due to their love of driving and car culture.

Even with the many technological and cultural changes that need to be made, it is clear that driverless cars are on the way. They are bound to make a huge impact on our society, and in the eyes of many it will be a beneficial one.

— Henry Vehslage, Social Media Director

 

Posted by on November 19, 2014. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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