From rickety old carriages to modern day cars, transportation has certainly evolved over the years. With safety in mind, cars are being improved upon constantly for optimum performance.
However, this generation is full of phone addicts and irresponsible drivers so the question of whether people should have driverless cars, to remove (most) people out of equation, on the roads is posed. Driverless cars, able to provide safety and efficiency to passengers while eliminating human faulty, could replace human operation on roads. Imagine a world where one can get in their car without the worry of driving alongside drunks or inexperienced teenagers. Some authors that talk about this topic are Zen McClatchy, “Senate asks: if no one is behind the wheel, who is driving?”, Robert Peterson and Eric Peters, “Will self-driving cars be good for America?”, and John Doe, “Self-driving cars could take over the road in the near future”.
Self-driving cars: beneficial or a menace to the society? From the moment cars were invented, people controlled how they were driven and although it does have its dangers, it has been working for society pretty well; but what if someone found a more mistakeless way to drive without needing hands behind the wheel. To begin with, driverless cars can provide safer roads for both passengers to vehicles and pedestrians. More than 1 million people are killed in car accidents each year.
But, there might be a dramatic decrease in those numbers if self-driving cars are used. Many people may wonder what would happen if someone hacks in to the computer system, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a division just for focusing cyber security. Some people say computers navigate the roads better than people. There is a possibility to reduce crashes by 80-90% or more. In addition, too many people have been killed because of reckless driving and these self-driving cars may be the solution. When cars came out and the more people started using them, the more people started dying. More people die in car accidents than they did in the Ebola epidemic.
Cars already bring great utility and freedom, but self-driving cars could bring even more by allowing people to text, call, work, or just do nothing. They would allow disabled and the elderly to drive, but with regular cars, they would have their licenses revoked. The prices of car insurance will go down.
Although there still will be some accidents, there will be a lot less than there are now. A computer malfunction, even just a minor glitch, could cause worse crashes that everything that human error might bring about. If the car crashes, without a driver, who’s fault is it: the software designer or the owner of the vehicle. The cars would rely on the collection of location and user information, creating major privacy concerns. Hackers getting into the car’s software and controlling or affecting it operation would be a major security worry.
Since driverless cars rely on pre-programmed routes, they do not obey traffic lights or will swerve not knowing if an empty garbage bag is safe or not. Driverless cars would likely be out of the price range of most ordinary people when generally introduced. As drivers become more and more used to not driving, their proficiency and experience will diminish. Should they then need to drive under certain circumstances, there may be problems. The road system and infrastructure would likely need major upgrades for driverless vehicles to operate on them. Traffic and street lights, for instance, would likely all need altering. Self-driving cars would be great news for terrorists, as they could be loaded with explosives and used as moving bombs.