How can driverless cars improve our lives?

Let’s make a little reflection on the following quote:

“No technology has shaped cities more than automobiles in the last 100 years”

–Michael Bloomberg

Basically, all cities have been built giving priority to cars, roads and parking lots. Due to this design, many urban areas today have problems with congestion, pollution, traffic accidents, and other automobile-related issues. Therefore, I believe that the benefits that driverless cars will bring to our lives will be varied. There will be many direct benefits that are easy to predict, but also a large number of indirect ones that are more difficult to predict.

Main advantages that driverless cars will bring to our lives

The following is a list of benefits that autonomous vehicles will provide us:

– Safer on the streets: According to recent statistics, between 1.2 and 1.4 million people die in car accidents every year around the world. Drivers who are distracted by mobile phones or drivers who consume alcohol will no longer be a problem thanks to autonomous cars.

– Reduction of hospital expenses: with fewer car accidents, we will also benefit from a reduction in health expenses caused by these accidents.

– In some countries, there are already supporting courses for autonomous driving such as the most popular, Udacity Self Driving Cars Nanodegree.

– Increased productivity: since the car will be in charge of all navigation and driving tasks, its occupants can work, play or study during the journey.

– Faster delivery for businesses: With navigation systems that can automatically determine the fastest routes and make updates along the way, this will positively affect individual businesses and the economy as a whole.

– Improved traffic efficiency: Because autonomous cars will not be burdened by the inappropriate habits of human drivers, there will be greater traffic flow and less congestion.

– Fewer parking problems: since driverless cars will be able to pick up and drop off passengers operating 24 hours a day, fewer parking spaces will be needed, which will result in more free space that can be used for other purposes such as commercial or residential buildings.

– Cheaper mobility options: Thanks to the use of driverless cars, it will be more affordable for people to reach their destination, since the need to own or rent a car will be reduced.

– Less environmental impact: most driverless cars will run on renewable energy or electricity, which will produce fewer gases that are harmful to health and the environment, such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxide.

In addition to the above, there will also be a large number of indirect benefits, as we have mentioned before. The introduction of self-driving cars will not happen easily as many people will be uncomfortable with the idea of a robot driving the vehicle.

In addition, autonomous cars are likely to generate social unrest as sectors such as truck drivers or taxi drivers, as well as other groups of workers, are likely to protest the growth of this new technology.