Self-Driving Cars in the Future

Looking ahead, about 20 years, autonomous cars are the future in automation. Whether it is cars, semi trucks, planes, or bikes, self-driving cars are set to make waves in the very near future. In this article I will be focusing my attention on the benefits of the self-driving car as opposed to the human driving car. If you are in the market for a new car or are looking into buying a new Tesla for its autonomous abilities or if you are just interested in facts related to self-driving cars I suggest reading the entirety of the article because there are some benefits or self driving cars that you may have not known about.

I believe that these new innovations in cars are market changing. Like the iPhone was to the cell phone industry. Self-driving cars will revolutionize the automotive market for a very long time. Many people have already seen the videos about the google car that can drive itself. It doesn't have a steering wheel and it doesn't have gas pedals. This alone would be enough to intrigue some people and scare others. But done worry! If you are the ones who are more skeptical about these cars, they don’t represent the majority of all self-driving cars. Those are far from where we are going to be in 20 years. Part because of the advancement in technology and part because of the trust we humans will have with these trustworthy robots.

Google’s self-driving car that was announced in May 2014

Many car companies, not just Google, have already or have started to implement autonomous components in their cars. Tesla is one of those companies that have already implemented autonomous features in their Model S, X, and forthcoming Model 3. All these cars will be fully able to be self driving without the drivers interference. That constitutes full Level 5 autonomy, which doesn’t require any driver involvement. That’s the ultimate goal for a range of automakers and tech companies, including Google, Ford and Volvo, which have vowed to produce such self-driving vehicles by 2021. Audi, Mercedes, BMW have also started implementing self-driving technologies in their more higher end cars and will hopefully have those same technologies in their more “mass marketable” low end cars.

Self-driving cars can do everything a person can do and less! They don’t text and drive, also they don’t drink and drive. Those two actions alone make up the majority reason as to why people crash their car. These new cars would also not fall asleep on its way to work or get mad and go into a fit of road rage when some rude motorist cuts it off. These are all major causes of wrecks today. In an average year roughly 35,092 people will perish each year as a result of car accidents. With the introduction of self-driving cars on the road this statistic should shrink exponentially. Even though they will still be able to wreck it should be “about 10 percent of human caused wrecks” states former General Motors vice chairman. That means that with the addition of self-driving cars to the road, it will be 90 percent less likely that you and I will get into a automotive accident.

Self-driving cars won’t have the limitations that we do. They will prevent tens of thousands of fatalities every year and better our lifestyles. We will be able to go to sleep on our way to work/school. We will be able to catch up on homework or pay bills with the extra time that we don’t have to drive. These autonomous cars will do to human drivers what the horseless carriage did to the horse and buggy. The amount of death that were a result of motor vehicle crashes was 35,092 in 2015 and over 2.3 million people were injured by car accidents in 2012. Even though these deadly crashes are becoming less common ever year self-driving cars will be able to dramatically reduce this up to 90 percent.

One perk of self-driving cars is that if it is hit it will record the data from what happened so we can see who is at fault and not have to rely on eye witness testimony or the testimonies of the drivers of the cars. Some people think that since you can’t control the car with your hands and since an AI is in control it would be more susceptible to crashes. This is not true. Even though you won’t have to touch the steering wheel you can still take control of it if you want to. Right now, automatism is a choice. You can always go back to the traditional way of driving if you want. This applies for in the future as well. There will be cars, like Google’s, that don’t have steering wheels or gas pedals, but also there will always be cars, like Tesla, that will always have a steering wheel and you can either choose to turn the self-autonomy of the car on or drive the car like humans have been doing for year prior and years to come.

These cars are more economically friendly as well!

Along with the safety benefits of self-driving cars, also come with economic benefits. One simple benefit is that you won’t have to pay for gas anymore. With the increasing influx of of the charging ports that are starting to pop up everywhere on a week to week basis. More importantly due to the safety of the cars it will result in less deaths which results to more money into the economy. The department of transportation states that a human life is worth around 9.2 million dollars and if you take all those people that were in a deadly crash in 2015 we would have a yearly benefit of 276 billion dollars a year plus the 41 billion dollars of medical costs a year that are a result of crashes. These numbers would go down significantly because of the safety benefits of self-driving cars.

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