In addition, recent studies have shown that human drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident in comparison to driverless cars. Cars of Tomorrow-Still Not Flying states; “Google has had a fleet of driverless cars since 2009, and they’ve driven over a half a million miles without a crash. Human drivers get in an accident about every half a million miles on average in the United States, so either the Google cars are due, or they’re going to out-drive humans yet again.” This explains that in recent humans are more accident prone and get into accidents more frequently. Not to mention the fact that amongst humans driverless cars could ultimately end up saving lives. Fischer who was interviewed at the New York International Auto Show tells CNN Money Watch, that by looking towards new crash mitigation technology it will worn the driver if an accident is about to occur.
Using a cell phone while driving has become increasingly common on our roads today. “Driving while yakking may seem harmless to you,” argues Easterbrook, “but try telling that to the loved ones of the hundreds or even thousands who die each year in totally avoidable phone-related accidents” (A-3). He proposes that there are more methods of catching people carrying out distracted driving. He poses the question, “If automated cameras can issue speeding tickets, why can’t they issue tickets to the owners of cars photographed with a driver using a phone” (A3)? Other potential dangers can even come from the cars themselves
Seat Belt Laws Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for people ages 1-54 in the United States every year. Seat belts are the most effective way to prevent some of these deaths. With that being said, primary seat belt laws should be recognized and made illegal not to wear a seatbelt when riding in a car in all 50 states. While wearing a seat belt, injuries and fatalities are less likely to occur in an accident. Too many people disregard the risks they are taking when they choose not to wear a seatbelt in a car.
Finally, I believe that tougher DUI laws should be enacted. For starters, people forget how many innocent people get killed by drunk drivers. People are not taking it into consideration, that tougher DUI laws are to help people from getting injured and or killed. Firstly, one very important precaution that many people forget to consider, is how they are going to get home after they have been drinking. Jacey Fortin journalist for the New York Times Newspaper, shares that, alcohol related car accidents were reduced as much as 35% in New York when Uber was brought to town in 2011 (Fortin).
Another article states, “But what if drunk and stoned college kids never had to drive? The driverless car could unsettle these public policy debates by removing an important trump card in arguments against individual liberty and individual responsibility.” Driverless cars are not the only solution because humanity already has an option now which would be ubers, security shuttles, or even designated drivers. Not to mention that people will be out of work because driving provides a lot of job—cab drivers, truck drivers, delivery drivers. Technology would have left hundreds to thousands of people out of work and increased the unemployment rate substantially. Furthermore, people will be willingly giving up their privacy for these driverless cars.
Athletes Are Overpaid Athletes have always gotten more money than they deserve. As a result, athletes are overpaid and sources say “more money causes more problems.” Athletes get paid unnecessary amounts of money each year that they have no clue what to do with it all so they spend it on stuff they don’t need! For example, this pro athlete has 8 cars and he is complaining he needs money to pay for his ferrari that is just ridiculous if they have that many have that many cars! To add on, 60-85% of athletes go bankrupt within 2-5 years or retirement or they end of having financial problems and can’t afford stuff they claim they need when they clearly don’t. Also, when athletes get paid, some athletes, make way more money than an average family could make in a lifetime!
Thousands of people die in car crashes while using cell phones and even the use of hands free technology. Also, “It found that people talking on hands-free devices drive at faster speeds than those using hand-held device possibly because the hands-free device provides a false sense of security, resulting in a greater incidence of car accidents” ("The Evidence on Hands-free Cell Phone Devices While Driving”).This study that was found shows that people who use hands free technology drive at a faster speed than people who use handheld technology. Therefore this study by researchers at The University of Utah helps to prove that drivers who use hands free devices are more likely to cause car accidents. Hands free technology is just as distracting or even more distracting than the use of regular technology. In fact, “More than 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer than handheld as the brain remains distracted by the cell phone conversation” “The problem is the brain does not truly multi-task.
According to Inkteen.com “In 2009, 5,474 lives were taken and 448,000 people got injured from car accidents from being distracted while driving, says the government.” Being able to drive may be a dream comes true, but it could easily turns into a nightmare that is never woken up from. The use of technology has grown in constant for many years, distracting people from things that are important. Texting and driving is one of the biggest problems in USA. However, not only are drivers putting themselves in danger, they’re putting passengers in their car and other drivers on the road in danger, too. So it is very precarious to yourself and for the people that surrounding you.
"Roadwide" communication also has law enforcement capabilities. Law enforcement could use the system to prohibit self-driving vehicles from exceeding hazardous speeds or partaking in criminal activities, a getaway driver needs a getaway car does he not? In summary, a "roadwide" communication system between cars would decrease traffic, vehicle accident rates, and would make manual law enforcement obsolete. The communication system could first be applied to a small network of roads in Pittsburgh, which could be expanded as the number of self-driving cars increases until the majority of cars are self-driven. Then the system would become road
However, driverless cars will reduce spacing between vehicles, moving in a constant pace. Not only will this eliminate any traffic jams, a car’s fuel use can be conserved up to 20% when driving within 13 feet of the car in front, according to a 1995 Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology study. Another way it can save fuel use is by locating parking spaces quickly. According to an MIT study, about 40% of car fuel is spent looking for a parking space. This fuel use can be saved with the smart parking system of these cars.