In 2016 the Google self driving project became known as Waymo. Waymo is a self driving technology company with a mission to make it easy and safe for people to get around. Also in 2016 Waymo drove over 1 Billion miles in simulation to help develop the information needed for the sensors. By the end of 2016 the need for test drivers to disengage the Self Driving Vehicle had decreased greatly. In 2017 the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan was added to the fleet, this vehicle became the first bullet in mass production with the fully integrated hardware systems.
One of the first companies to make driverless cars is google. There are other companies like Tesla, nuTonony, and Ford that made driverless cars. Several big companies are investing into this new technology which can help humans society. How do driverless cars work?
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.
Gregg Easterbrook, a fellow of the Brookings Institution and author of The Progress Paradox, argues in his article “Road Kill,” that people in the United States are not paying attention to a major killer: our roads. In his essay, Easterbrook explains the lack of attention to the threat of road accidents, even comparing it to 9/11, which has become a serious threat to Americans on the road, and even worldwide. Many Americans dismiss the problem, even though it is huge even if it is not perceived as a huge threat like terrorism. Some causes of the rise in accident casualties proposed by Easterbrook are distracted driving and the rapid increase of horsepower. Easterbrook proposes multiple solutions to the problem, such as increased legislation on distracted driving and reducing horsepower in cars (A1-4).
For this reason, I think that it is important to teach drivers the dangers of distracted driving more than we already do. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers. In comparison, in 2013, 424,000 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers, a 10% increase in death. This percentage has and will be increasing in the coming years if we don’t put more effort into teaching drivers how dangerous it really is when driving
Many crimes such as murder and theft gain a lot of attention if committed, but things like speeding past the speed limit are also a crime, so they should gain attention as well, if committed. Frank Trippett, in his excerpt, says that “It is painfully apparent today that millions of Americans…..are taking increasing liberties with all sorts of ‘minor’ laws…”. He says that Americans ignore certain laws over others, because their impact is much less than that of something like rape or murder. However, these laws’ punishments are not as great as other crimes’ punishments, therefore making them seem less significant. The “foundations of social order are profoundly shaken...when citizens take a skirting to the law”(Trippett) is not as true as you may think.
It continues to say that women have a 27 percent lesser probability of causing accidents than men (Young, 2014). In a study in 2007, the statistics clearly showed that the ration of men to women who cause car accidents was 6.1: 4.4. The causes of road accidents by men may be blamed on their high testosterone, high levels of aggression or even their high levels of aggression but the fact remains they cause most of the road accidents (Kandel, 2012). The women should therefore have the right to drive in the countries where they do not have that right. It only shows the negligence of the authorities in those countries in denying the right of the women to
In the world, people have many hobbies and interests, being a car enthusiast is one of them. There are many stereotypes and misconceptions against car enthusiasts due to the lack of knowledge non-car enthusiasts have. Being a car enthusiast is not only admiring cars, but also having an interest to do what you want to with your car, such as driving. Whether you want to drag race, race on the track or go off roading, a true car enthusiast sees the beauty in cars whereas other people would just see a normal car. Car enthusiasts find the beauty in cheaper cars where they could mod their car to their desire.
Illegitimate immigration is becoming one of the largest problems in today’s America, many believe that a border wall with Mexico would help this problem. In about 3 years ago it occurred that there were about 11.1 million illegal immigrants in America. Of those 84% of them came from Central America, Mexico, and Asia, the largest amount coming from Mexico with 59% of all illegal immigrants. Constructing a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants won't just cost billions of dollars, it would create a less diverse community, make America’s economy weak, and it would hurt the environment. All settlement incorporating illegal immigration that forms great diversity in the community.
When a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content) is over 0.08, this it is considered not safe to drive. Drivers who are drunk aren’t as focused on the road and are prone to causing more accidents. Laws should be harsher for drunk driving to decrease the number of innocent people getting killed annually. According to the US Department of Transportation, the vast majority of drivers with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of over 0.08 or above are unimpaired. Their reaction times are more slow, and their ability to control a vehicle is comprised.