With the shocking rise of auto accidents worldwide there have been numerous attempts to come up with increased safety measures to reduce the carnage but nothing is more promising than self-driving cars. Experts predict that they will reduce car accidents by 90%, saving thousands of lives & billions in health costs. With people becoming more distracted the injuries and fatalities have climbed exponentially. Luckily Google has already pioneered several self-driving cars with great success. The question is whether us humans are willing to admit that it may be safer for someone else to do the driving.
“Today, car crashes have an enormous impact on the US economy. For every person killed in a motor-vehicle accident, 8 are hospitalized, and 100 are treated and released from emergency rooms. The overall annual cost of roadway crashes to the US economy was $212 billion in 2012. Taking that year as an example, advanced ADAS and AVs reducing accidents by up to 90 percent would have potentially saved about $190 billion.“
A new research paper by McKinsey & Co. has revealed the shocking advantages to switching to driverless-cars. It is estimated that it will save 300,000 lives in America online in the first decade of using them. Those numbers seem ridiculous, but we have to remember the sheer amount of blood shed caused by negligent drivers. Every year thousands of people are killed and injured in car accidents that could have been prevented. An increased addiction to cell phones and technology has left us with attention spans that border on nonexistent, and we are paying the price. A staggering $212 billion was spent on road crashes in the U.S. alone in 2012. These numbers don’t lie, there is a bonanza in creating a safer alternative to humans driving. Google foresaw this and spent the last few years coming up with a number of self-driving cars, even going as far as testing them out on the road with other drivers. The results have proven that our days of driving our own cars are numbered. With a safety rate that puts us to shame these technological wonders will soon become the greatest health achievement of the century.
The benefits reach far more than just health, they will also give people a much needed boost in productivity since they will not be wasting time focusing on driving. The possible implications of increased productivity is more than enough to have experts putting their full support behind this exciting new movement. Just look at these statistics:
“AVs could free as much as 50 minutes a day for users, who will be able to spend traveling time working, relaxing, or accessing entertainment. The time saved by commuters every day might add up globally to a mind-blowing one billion hours…It could also create a large pool of value, potentially generating global digital-media revenues of €5 billion per year [just over $5.6 billion] for every additional minute people spend on the mobile Internet while in a car.”
These impressive advantages in both work and health are extremely promising, enticing Google to continue to roll out more prototypes until it is finally fine tuned to the point to revolutionize driving in the 21st century. The world is waiting and the timing couldn’t be better. This has the potential to save thousands of lives and create a booming new industry.