Meta: Have you dreamed of living in an era where self-driving cars were a reality? We’re mere steps from having them and the advantages they provide.
Technology has taken quite a leap in advancement within the last decade, new cell phones that come out seem to connect seamlessly with cars and entertainment is reached at the very Touch of a button. With the advent of robotic aid, we have been able to create self-cleaning vacuum cleaners and even self-propelled mowers.The idea behind self-driving cars is not a new concept many shows and books have romanticized the idea of self-driving vehicles as a way to better driving conditions and even save lives later on down the road. Now more than ever, we are one strong step away from having self-driving cars a daily reality.Thankfully in today’s age, we have access to technology that allows us to have self-driving vehicles, and while there’s still a lot to test, having a self-driving car is closer than ever to being achieved. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of having a self-driving car and what it potentially means for our future with them.
How We Choose Our Ratings
Our ratings have several factors that they will be rated on. These factors all determine the ranking that each benefit receives and include the following:
While the idea of a self-driving car seems a more luxurious expense, providing an automatic feature to any aspect of our lives needs to cater to a level of practicality. Features that offer more practicality will rate higher in our listing than features that seem more of a frivolous addition.
As with anything that is automatic in our lives, self-driving cars should have the highest level of comfort attached to its use. If a feature comes across as much more convenient than other features, it will rate higher in our listings.
It’s vital that security takes primary concern over any other point of the vehicle. If a benefit focuses on the user safety more so than any other aspect of its build, then it will be rated higher than the former two.
Will self-driving cars be accessible to the general public or will only the rich and highly successful be able to take advantage of self-driving vehicles? While it’s realistic to expect self-driving cars to be more expensive when first produced, there are already models out on the market today that have self-driving features that we can reference price ranges from.If the average American family can afford to have a self-driving vehicle, or if the benefits of having a self-driving car outweigh the costs, then we will be able to rate the interest higher than others.
Top 5 Benefits of Self Driving Cars
Before we look at the overall advantages of self-driving vehicles, it’s important to note that several features are currently in use in modern-day cars that would likely provide foundations for some of the newer technology that’s anticipated to be used in self-driving vehicles.Cruise control which has been in effect for a large variety of vehicles since the 1950s was away for commuters to not only maintain speeds on the highway, but it also saves on gas usage by reducing acceleration which thus reduces the amount of fuel used for each trip.Sensors have been placed on vehicles for several years now that allows the driver to know that they are getting close to another car and potentially prevent an accident from happening. These sensors have further evolved to include automatic stops when the car senses that you are not going to stop in time to avoid a collision.In 2003 Toyota Prius hybrid provided automatic parking systems in their cars and made them commercially available for people to own. The future of self-driving cars is not as far-flung as many people may believe, and it may be within our lifetimes that they become affordable and accessible to everyone.
Every day that we turn on the news, or even turn on our radios, there’s at least one automobile accident a day that we hear about. Sadly, these accidents are preventable, especially if one or more of the drivers had been paying attention.
We live in a society where we’re always rushing out the door, we have to rush to get to work, and we have to rush to the store before going home. These conditions create situations in which people have a delay in judgment and as a result, people can get seriously hurt, or in some circumstances, they can die.
In 2016 alone, there were reportedly over 7200 reported vehicle crashes in the United States, and that’s just from passenger cars. The majority of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers and drivers who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Automatic vehicles would provide a solution to this problem. Assuming that electric cars would work on a connected computer system, while your destination is set, cars will maintain specific distances away from other vehicles and support consistent speed limits.
There are already several models out that contain sensors on the sides of the vehicle that alerts you when you’re too close to another car. These are good indications of how this technology could be used to better our road conditions and prevent serious accidents that result in death.
Automatic vehicles would also reduce, if not eliminate, the risk of drunk driving incidents which means that both the drinker and families on the road do not have to risk their lives and everybody gets home safe. Altogether, automated self-driving vehicles are expected to decrease accidents by up to 90 percent.
Cheaper Fuel Costs
Another feature of self-driving cars that most people would be happy to deal with is the cost of running one of these vehicles. It’s estimated that with self-driving cars, we would be saving up to 60 percent in fuel costs thanks to computer software used in the systems to optimize our vehicles fuel usage.
We already see this kind of technology in hybrid vehicles where fuel usage monitored anywhere from our speeds on the roads to how fast we get up to speed. Since these are all factors and how efficient our cars run, with self-driving cars they would be able to find the best rates to maximize the fuel that’s present while learning new ways to decrease usage in the future.
If you combine these facts with the potential time-saving benefits of reduced traffic congestion, We could be saving 3.1 billion gallons of fuel a year which will drive down the costs of gasoline altogether.
While we will be effectively cutting how much gasoline is used thanks to self-driving models, will be reducing overall emissions which can cut back the Damage Done to the Earth’s dramatically. As CO2 emissions are considered the leading cause for global warming, having grown 45% from 1990 to 2007, self-driving cars can cut this statistic in half.
There’s no guarantee that self-driving cars will even rely on gasoline by the time that they are regular additions into society. We have to consider the possibility that electric vehicles will dominate the market and thus reduce the risk of emissions almost wholly.
If we rely on electrical power to run our self-driving vehicles, we can estimate that greenhouse gases can see a 94 percent decrease by 2030. This fact means our society as a whole will be healthier, and potentially reduce the chances of chronic skin and lung disorders like asthma and skin cancer.
Less Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion is probably the worst part of commuting to work or even heading back home. No one likes sitting still on the freeway for the better part of an hour at a snail’s pace, especially when the cause of the congestion is a collision from someone not paying attention, or the off-ramps become filled because of traffic lights.
With automated self-driving cars, there would be less traffic congestion thanks to the factor of distraction, accidents, and the delay experienced when the light changes. Being able to reduce, or eliminate these factors would help create a scenario in which cars flow much more efficiently from point A to point B and allow us to reach our destination faster.
More Time For Commuters
The one thing people always seem to need more of is time. According to a study performed, the average commute for an American worker is about 27 minutes. Having a self-driving vehicle would allow a driver to use the time it takes to commute to catch up on things that they may not have had time for before leaving.
Because self-driving would allow a driver and passengers to take their minds off the roads and catch up on other things they would typically struggle to do in the morning; drivers and passengers can work on projects that they may need extra time to finish or to be able to eat breakfast while they’re on their way to work.
You could even catch up on some extra sleep before arriving at the office. Having the benefit of a self-driving car means that you’re saving up to an hour each day which equates to over 1,200 hours of extra time. Mainly, your options are unlimited when you have a car that self-drives and a commute that generally would waste valuable time.
The convenience factor here is massive because there’s so much that you’ll be able to accomplish and the time that it takes to get to work, and if everything works as seamlessly as it’s meant to, then the benefits of having a self-driving vehicle would be phenomenal.
Parking is Automatic
Another significant perk of automatic cars is the ability to fund a parking spot without a lot of searching.
Once again assuming that all of the self-driving cars are going to run on a centralized computer system where information regarding other cars is available to your car systems, your car will have a location for your vehicle to park as soon as it enters a parking lot.
People who suffer from disabilities or the elderly population would be able to take advantage of this as well because if your car has a handicapped registration, then the system would prioritize parking spaces that are closer if limited areas are not accessible at the time.
There’s also the consideration that your car will be able to drop you off at the front of a store and then park itself until your shopping needs are taken care of. This feature is an advantage that’s not only restricted to the owner of the vehicle but space-saving altogether.
Self-driving vehicles will be able to save up to 15 percent more space than cars that are parked by people, being able to use their advanced sensors to fit into tighter spaces. There won’t be a need to consider getting in and out of your vehicle, and it’s a simple as pressing a button to call your car to your location and pick you up.
We aren’t far away from having the ability to switch to cars that are capable of self-driving and providing convenience and a service to humanity as a whole. While we do have models that already exhibit certain features that would be considered self-driving, they’re not quite to the level that many people expect when they hear the term.When you’re looking at the prospect of owning a self-driving vehicle, several factors should come to mind before you reach a decision. These factors include:
- Costs of maintenance
- Ability to provide real convenience to you and your family.
Testing is still in the works on a good majority of self-driving vehicles, and some of the results are concerning. Several attempts to create a fully self-driving car have had numerous test results. One example noted that a self-driving car was not able to identify a stop sign just because there was graffiti sprayed onto it that rendered it unreadable by the sensors.It’s just a concern that should be kept in consideration, especially since we are expecting are self-driving vehicles to be safe enough not to dedicate our full attention to the road.