Advantage Of Self Driving Cars

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Lately there has been a great deal of news about the soon to be technology of self-driving cars. With more big-name technology companies working on self-driving cars such as google and apple, along with major car manufacturers, it has become apparent that they are the future of the automotive industry. One of the biggest concerns with having self-driving cars is that they have the potential to completely replace human labor and destroy millions of jobs. This report attempts to compare the economical benefits of introducing self-driving cars to the market with the cost of rendering driving-related jobs futile and answer the questions relating to the effects of the new technology. A self-driving or fully autonomous car is a car with level 4…show more content…
One of the big benefits of using a self-driving car is that there is nearly no chance for error. The computer can calculate the speed, obstacles, distance, behavior, and location. Human drivers on the other hand, tend to fall victim to human error. Such mistakes include fatigue, drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding. Car accidents being one of the largest causes of death in the world, this reliable technology could without a doubt save millions of lives, saving the economy a large amount of money on medical costs and automobile damage. These damages add up to billions of dollars each year and this doesn’t include the other costs in damages due to the rippling effects of societal harm. Such technologies could also improve economic efficiency. As many people say, “Time is money.” This could improve much wasted time in everyday life due to commuting. Without the need to adapt to other drivers, there will be significantly less road congestion. Human driving acts such as cutting lanes and slowing down to do so has actually been proved to be a cause in traffic by slowly and consistently slowing down all other cars. All cars would be able to move at the same speed, so you don’t have to deal with that one slow car that all drivers encounter. While being driven you can also be more productive while in the car like being able to work, eat breakfast, or have conversations with other passengers without having…show more content…
One major con is the possibility for failure. Technology software is known for having occasional bugs or glitches. These errors may possibly be included in code updates for the cars could potentially prove fatal and cause accidents and a major problem with this is the lack of control over such a car compared to traditional cars when drivers can swerve to or stop manually to avoid accidents. Another con is the loss of jobs. There are millions of driver jobs in the United States alone and they make up a large percentage of Americans. This alone causes great problems for the economy. The already well aged workers will have nowhere else to go if their jobs are replaced by self driving cars. This also brings up more controversy of this being a gateway for the economic pressure to completely replace human labor with machine labor, causing moral issues with human rights activists believing that they shouldn’t simply be replaced by a machine. These workers would have to be supported by unemployment programs and even retrained to work in other jobs. This creates even more problems as it isn’t very easy to teach an old dog new tricks. Many of these workers don’t have the knowledge, experience, or time to work in other professions which aren’t replaced by technology. Overall, the technology of fully autonomous automobiles creates an alternative to traditional driving that will likely improve economic efficiency,
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