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Automated Cars of the Future

Posted by Vincent Maddiona on October 4th, 2017

How do you feel about driverless cars? Personally, I love to drive because I like to have control and go at my own speed and direction. I am human though. I have been in a couple of accidents and have received quite a few tickets. Although I love to drive, I feel that I would be hurting society if there is a safer option for everyone. Through innovation and technological advancements, autonomous cars will soon be prevalent throughout the United States. Udacity, an online education company, eventually spun into a company called Voyage. Voyage received 5.6 million dollars in investment and Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google’s Driverless Cars, joined voyage as a chairman and put forth an idea. His idea was to start the company’s work in a retirement community in Silicon Valley, California. It was a perfect match at first because many of the elderly folks lacked the ability to drive well or even at all, which led them to become more inactive than they would want to be. The Village also lacked plentiful handicap spots, therefore most elderly folks just quite using cars. Voyage would provide two automatic cars for the elderly to test and use within the community. It looked like a safe bet that and that everything would work out, until talks of insurance came up. No insurance company like Geico or Progressive would ever insure automated cars in this day and age. Fortunately for Voyage, Exotic Insurance took a risk and accepted them. Currently Voyage is still testing in retirement communities in which they seem to be safe and helpful for citizens, but the question now is when are we going to allow these things on public roads and highways? Are automated cars safer than people driving? Personally I don’t have an answer to these questions, but I think that if the automated car technology is ever perfected, it will clearly be safer than humans driving. Whether that is 25 years or 50 years from now, I do not know, but what I do know is that this particular innovation is coming. The consequences of such technology can lead to a loss in the jobs of taxi, truck, Uber, and various other company’s drivers because they will no longer be needed. But overall, the benefits of safety and less deaths involved with cars outweigh the costs in my opinion.

Original Story “Where Driverless Cars Brake for Golf Carts”Daisuke Wakabayashi, October 4th 2017

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