If driverless cars ever become non-fiction, then it would be safe to say that we are in the scary future that we made many books and movies about.
The subject of driverless cars are often debated amongst two very contrasting sides of safety and leisure. However, scientists say that both driverless cars and the would-be human controlled minority will be able to coexist on the roads. Though we can only imagine how limiting that would be.
So why all the fuss? Are we seriously considering the idea of putting our lives in the hands of robots and maths equations? Well apparently, according to data collected from academic journals and research papers, making driverless cars available to consumers could reduce potentially fatal traffic accidents by 90%.
according to data collected from academic journals and research papers, making driverless cars available to consumers could reduce potentially fatal traffic accidents by 90%.
Since, the dialogue that dominates the driverless car debate is about safety, it’s easy to be apathetic towards an issue that hasn’t remotely affected you, but for 4.95 million people who have been effected by a traffic accident alone in the U.S each year, seeing such incredible projected figures of safety, makes it worth fighting for.
The following infographic illustrates research data from multiple sources. The mind you make up about the future is up to you, but this very data will be pitched to various governments (like the current tests being conducted in the UK), for serious consideration into the future of safer roads.
33,808 people are killed in the U.S each year due to traffic incidents.
2.2 million are injured while 240,00 of them, hospitalised.
$450 billion dollars is what it costs the country due to related accidents.
And why does this happen? Over 90% of accidents are caused by human error. So in the event of driverless cars being commercially available, how much safer would it be for us? Well, lets take a look:
30,000 fewer deaths
4.95 million fewer accidents
2 million fewer injuries
$400 billion saved in accident related costs
Furthermore, environmental benefits are considered too, like 1.9 billion gallons of fuel saved each year and up to 75% better land use. Then there’s the productivity card where a proposed $101 billion will be saved from lost productivity and fuel costs.
Overall, driverless cars will be able to drive faster, potentially eliminate the need for air bags and seat belts, vehicles on the road will be able to drive closer together, insurance premiums will be forced to reduce and vehicles will be more efficiently shared.
But what will become of the therapeutic act of simply going for a drive? Well in the future, the only road decisions you will have to negotiate are the various routes made available to you.