With autonomous cars, you just have to sit back and relax, have a glass of Champagne…
Imagine the decrease of traffic!
Driverless vehicles communicate with each other and their surroundings, hence they are able to identify the optimal route, like @Bestmile does. This helps spread demand for scarce road space. Did you know that 1.2 million people are killed each year in traffic accidents worldwide? This is a high number. Widespread embrace of self-driving vehicles could eliminate 90% of all car accidents in the US alone, preventing up to $190 billion in damages and health costs annually and saving thousands of lives.
The average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. That means that in a lifetime we spend a whopping 38.000 hours driving a car (assuming that we start driving at 17). With autonomous cars, you just have to sit back and relax, have a glass of Champagne, read a book, watch a game, work or take a nap while the car does all the driving.
The future of driverless cars is likely to include sharing schemes. Self-driving cars incorporated into car-sharing services like Zipcar could affordable transform cars from a thing people own to a service they call up on demand. It is important to have less traffic which will also improve people’s health, since traffic jams have been shown to cause a rise in blood pressure, depression and anxiety, as well as a decrease in cardiovascular fitness and quality sleep.
The good thing is also, the use of electric autonomous taxis alone could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 87% to 94% per mile by the year 2030. While the whole industry of driverless cars will lead the job losses on a massive scale for taxi drivers, pizza delivery driver and lorry driver, they could also increase the demand for other jobs such as hi-tech machine experts, software devs and wireless network engineers.