Human driving error is responsible for 94% of all crashes across the globe; technology can fix this.
You might enjoy the thrill of racing down the freeway or being able to hop in your car and head “nowhere” whenever you please, but alphr shares a pretty convincing argument as to why, someday in the future, driving will be illegal.
The site shares, and Upriser summarizes, that by the year 2030, the economy will be severely impacted by the millions of truck drivers, cabbies, and delivery people put out of work. The era of endless innovation, as well as man’s century-long infatuation and reliance upon automobiles, will be disrupted. That void will be filled, however…
Driving will not be made illegal due to climate change or improvements in mass transportation. No, it will be an outdated fad due to the reason that innovations in technology will help prevent a massive amount of deaths. Every year, more than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents (globally) – that’s not including injuries caused by accidents.
One must admit, the death toll caused by automobiles is astronomical. Last year, more than 275,000 Chinese, 238,000 Indians and 33,000 Americans died in preventable traffic accidents. Safety has improved, especially since Ralph Nadar took on the auto industry by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, but there is no doubt technology will remedy the gap which is human error and irresponsibility.
“Autonomous vehicles don’t drive drunk, don’t drive distracted and don’t fall asleep at the wheel.”
To rely on an automated car to transit locations seems like a Sci-Fi concept from movies like Total Recall, but it is definitely a reality. Googles’ autonomous vehicles have already logged more than one million miles on roads dominated by human-driven vehicles. That’s the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 40 times – without a single incident. That’s definitely impressive…
In addition, self-driving machines have been hit by human drivers eleven times but have never yet been the cause of a single accident. According to data, human driving error is responsible for 94% of all crashes across the globe, and it’s not likely education is likely to improve that statistic.
Whether it’s distraction caused by a stressful day, texting behind the wheel, a screaming child, or a medical condition, a number of accidents occur every year which can definitely be prevented. For this reason, support for a future in which automated transport is the only option to transit is growing.
Curtis Moldrich reports:
“Autonomous vehicles don’t drive drunk, don’t drive distracted and don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Self-driving cars are wired with cameras, infrared sensors, networked maps and a host of other software, which empowers them to accurately avoid dangers in ways humans can’t.”
Self-driving cars can also brake faster, swerve quicker and anticipate changes in road conditions unlikely to be perceived by the human eye (such as obstacles beyond the visible range of headlights). As it is, robots also communicate more effectively with each other than humans – go figure.
Belief in the future of automated transport is so strong, the British government has recently invested more than £50 million for trials to be conducted. In the United States, the University of Michigan just dedicated 32 acres to build a self-driving test track. No doubt more news of robot-controlled vehicles will be released in the near future.
Finally, Elon Musk is even aware of this more-than-likely future and has stated “people may outlaw driving cars because it’s too dangerous.”
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