Here at Rising Star Magazine, technology is usually separated from the lifestyle column. However, one new development in the tech world today will have such a large impact on our lives: autonomous cars. Once fully autonomous cars are introduced to the world, they will greatly change our lifestyles. But how would a fully self-driving car change our lives?
For one, the sheer amount of new possibilities with fully self-driving cars can change how we use and own cars. Currently, cars are driven to work, where they sit in parking lots until they are driven back home. In the future, with full self-driving capabilities, cars can easily shuttle people in between transit routes, all without human guidance. With all of this autonomy, it’s possible that we won’t even need to own cars anymore; we can simply call a car when we need one and it will be there.
But possibly the greatest benefit of self-driving cars is that they can greatly improve road safety. A study in 2008 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that nearly 93% of all crashes in the country are caused by “human error.” It makes sense that self-driving cars can lower the number of accidents per year; self-driving cars can hold much more data than any human can, react much more quickly than human drivers, and even communicate with other self-driving cars in real time.
Once implemented, self-driving cars could significantly change our lives. Of course, the thought of having self-driving cars is still unsettling to some people, especially those in their older years. Yet, the benefit of self-driving cars is one that we cannot forego.