Will Driverless Cars Ever Rule The World?

2018-04-14T16:51:19+00:00 March 1st, 2013|News|

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.

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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.

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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.

Driverless-CarsNow lets take a look at some of these key arguments for the deployment of driverless vehicles:

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.

Now, where would you like to go, sir?

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  1. Eric Mariacher March 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Driverless cars will come in 4 steps:
    * step 0: today’s self parking feature and Google cars
    * step 1: partially autonomous driverless cars
    * step 2: everyone can operate a driverless car
    * step 3: shared driverless cars

    “How long end drivers are allowed (technically and legally) not to pay attention to road” will be the most interesting thing to watch for the next 5 to 10 years and especially:
    * environmental conditions allowing it.
    * the price of the technical features needed.
    * reliability.


  2. BiModal Glideway March 15, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

    The main concern for driverless cars is safety and its inevitable the driverless car will become a reality in the near future, so why not add coexisting driverless programs such as our BiModal Glideway which could only add more safety features to other driverless programs. Take a look at our short video on our website at bimodlaglideway.com feel free to email us with your comments and any questions.

  3. John Aquilina September 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Google has invested 100s of millions into Driverless Cars saying that they will be ready by 2018. Other manufacturers are saying 2024.

    Google has invested 100s of millions of dollars in UBER. UBER has built a new public transport classification of UBERX Cars driven by private motorists providing point to point services for half taxi rates and less, in multiple cities around the world. In some markets UBER has launched UBERPOOL – bringing rideshare costs down to the level of a Bus Ticket. UBER drivers have watched takings fall 50%-75% since UBER’s inception. CEO of UBER Travis Kalanik stated the only reason why its so expensive to travel with Uber is because of the “Dude in the front seat”.

    A driverless car network will experience accidents and incidents. But once that event is experienced and a “avoidance program” is developed it will be uploaded to the whole fleet. That Incident/accident will never happen again. Legislators will positively bias road rules to speed up the roll out of driverless cars – it will be a sure fire way to reduce car accidents and the subsequent social cost of accident trauma.

    Nose to Tail Accidents happen repeatedly now because Humans do not learn from other’s mistakes or lose concentration – this will not occur with driverless cars.

    I’m a Chauffeur, I can see the writing on the wall. If I can develop a clear point of difference in my service business I will survive. Otherwise I’ll be out of a job within 10 years.

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