Once upon a time, self-driving cars were only seen in science-fiction movies. Over the past few years however, giant multinational companies such as Google, Mercedes-Benz, and Ford have been busy bringing science-fiction movies into the real world. According to a popular belief, self-driving cars will transform the World when it comes to safety, traffic and people’s attitudes. Self-driving cars should be available to the public by the year 2025, while most cars on the roads by 2040 could be autonomous. Time will tell.
In this article, we are listing down 5 ways self-driving cars will transform the world. Let us dive into exactly how that could happen.
First on our list of ways self-driving cars will transform the world is a fact that may put several traffic officers out of commission. Unfortunate of course, but it is true. The beauty of an automatic machine is that everything is hardcoded into the system. Therefore, there will be significantly lesser traffic violations. The entire point of traffic officers is to catch those violations, and if there is nothing to catch, why have a traffic officer?
Apart from the fact that that autonomous cars will be expensive, they will be easy to share. Therefore, lesser cars will be seen on the roads. For example, a family member could drive up to a place of interest, and then send it off to a friend, or a colleague, or another family member for their use. No longer will there be a need to own a separate car for every family member. The number of cars per household could drop by a whopping 40-50%.
One of the biggest nuisance associated with excessive traffic is the amount of pollution each vehicle would produce. If the theory mentioned in the previous point pans out, and the quantity of cars really does decrease by 40-50%, it is safe to say that the outcome will be quite friendly towards the environment. True that the self-driving car will have a lot of driving to do, but the quantity of cars will still reduce significantly. In theory, the total harmful emissions could decrease by a little over 25-30%.
It is safe to assume that if there are no traffic violations, the roads will be safer. As mentioned earlier, in an autonomous car, everything is hardcoded. There is no override, there is no telling a machine to cross a red light, or a stop sign, or ignore the pedestrian crossing. It will do whatever it is coded to do, and that is one simple thing; follow the rules. In fact, once the autonomous cars are a reality, they will have to go through even higher standards of safety in order to arrive the market. That alone would make the roads safer than they already are. In fact, in all the years Google’s self-driving car has been traveling around the world, it has only been involved in an accident once, and that too when a manned vehicle hit it. So you be the judge.
Freedom for the Elderly
Last on our list of ways self-driving cars will transform the world is by granting freedom of travel to the elderly. Pain in the joints, slow reflexes, being handicapped, or even having serious issues with vision will not be a problem. Moreover, these cars will be a huge facility for people with serious disabilities; even not being able to hear properly is a serious disability on the road. Moreover, the elderly are responsible for a significant percentage of road accidents. Take that out of the equation and add to the previous point; you have even safer roads.
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