Each day, countless accidents occur on the streets, from causes ranging from failure to watch out at pedestrian crossings to drunk drivers. In fact, an average of 33,000 people die each year from simply their own or someone else’s sheer irresponsibility, according to the auto insurance center website.
Despite all the various laws created to protect drivers and passengers from accidents, the government and community really cannot prevent people from ordering another beer at the counter or dozing off in the driver’s seat. So how can we minimize the accidents happening while still trusting everyone with their own vehicle?
We believe that an all-around excellent solution to this issue is self-driving cars. Integrating these groundbreaking vehicles into societies all around the world would mean a safer way to commute, a more convenient experience, and plenty of new business opportunities for companies like Uber or Lyft.
Unlike regular humans, self-driving cars will never grow tired after driving for a while, like on a road trip. The system will remain strong as long as there is still gas, and a self-driving car will never forget to go to the gas station.
Also, never will the passengers in the car have to worry about navigation or programming the GPS. Basically, a self-driving car can handle everything needed to operate a vehicle except hundreds of times faster and with perfect accuracy.
Of course, you might be thinking that robots are never designed perfectly and often cause catastrophes, too. However, according to James Anderson, a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation writing in The Washington Post, the AI’s inside driverless cars will efficiently navigate so that less gas is consumed and that the traffic will be immensely reduced. This way, the entire community will be able to commute to their destinations quicker while simultaneously helping the environment.
Currently, when you want to drive somewhere such as the airport or a place with difficult opportunities for parking, you might order an Uber or Lyft. In a few minutes, a stranger will pick you up from your location and drop you off at your destination.
This current system works quite well; however, the introduction of self-driving cars will present many new, more efficient possibilities for transportation on demand. Uber and Lyft can stop hiring new drivers; instead, they can simply use AI’s to operate their cars.
There will no longer be an awkward old man constantly glaring into your soul from the mirror. You will be able to communicate with the car itself whenever you require any assistance.
Lots of people may question the safety regarding self-driving cars. However, according to Dr. Alexander Hars and his auto-industry research team, every mile that a self-driving car travels, there is a 0.0000010273% of an accident.
There are a lot of people who live in this world disabled mentally or physically. Developing this car will help those who need to get somewhere alone without the help of another person. Now it is most likely easier for the disabled person to travel to his destination without the fear of an accident since 81% of car accidents have been all human mistakes.
In all these prototypes of cars so far, Google is the only one that has created something leading toward handicapped people. The second prototype of this Google car was not built with brakes, which is ideal for disabled people because they cannot really do anything to stop the car under emergencies. Yet these cars are all prototypes and we cannot guess how well and safe the finished product will be.
Self-driving cars are bringing a new era of transportation that is much more efficient for everyone and will create many new businesses on the market. Soon, this affordable, monumental new vehicle will be parked in everyone’s garage and be driving on every city street.