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Is self driving cars a good idea?

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Could save lots of lives..
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Yes it is a great idea. One of the leading causes of injury around the planet as noted by the World Health Organization is road injury.

Self driving cars don't run into some of the problems that humans run into when driving behind the wheel. Ideally a self driving car doesn't get distracted by random sounds, doesn't get distracted by eating food, doing makeup, or doing whatever else that drivers do to get distracted while on the road. Self driving cars don't text, don't call people, don't get drunk and drive because a self driving car can't get drunk, don't have poor vision and don't get old and have reduced reflexes or ability to drive.

Self driving cars with the right sensors would be able to park well and wouldn't scrape other cars when pulling out because the sensors would be able to detect with precision the other cars. Humans are not perfect and it shows from the statistics related to road injury and collision around the planet.

AS the technology improves the ability of the self driving cars to detect any and all variety of road conditions and problems would become much better, and the ability for a driver to still manually control a self driving car could mean that as an alternative to driving self driving cars would make driving substantially safer across the board.

I really, really think that the overall risk of things like breakdowns or stalling or some kind of error with a self driving car would be substantially lower than the overall errors that humans make on a daily basis. Driving a car right now is one of the riskiest things that any human being on the planet can do on a daily basis, and being a passenger in a car is also pretty risky. Self driving cars are such a great idea because so long as there is the means to have emergency manual control the individuals who are passengers or drivers in the car could serve in an oversight capacity rather than an active driver capacity, and that means that if emergency control is needed it can be granted.

When it comes to driving I actually like the idea of self driving cars way more because it will allow so much innovation for how fast human beings travel and how efficient human beings can be in the ways that we travel. By making driving overall safer for humanity as well self driving cars would help to reduce the overall suffering of humanity on a daily basis by an as yet unknown degree because self driving cars aren't as prevalent as human driven cars.

I think that those cars are a great idea because it would be a major innovation in the way that cars are driven since the first inception of the idea of human driven cars, and that major innovation would lead to so much more progress in the overall costs associated with travel. Riding public transportation is expensive, owning a car is expensive, and getting to different locations via transport can be prohibitively expensive for people around the world who can't afford it. Self driving cars I believe would substantially drive the price of transport down because humans could ride share such cars and could also try to have self driving buses, trains, and so on. All of those technologies would make the overall price of providing mass transportation to large urban populations lower, and that is an overall net benefit for society.

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I think in theory it is a great idea. There is technology available by which a car could be programmed to go by a certain route, to a certain destination, park, and return without incident. It could be done with embedded sensors within the roads, themselves, but a much cheaper and probably more practical means might be a GPS location system sensitive enough to be accurate within a few feet.

The potential problem comes with the number and sophistication of sensors required for such a system. The car would need to sense the road well enough to keep it on the correct side. It would need to sense any cars or obstructions on every side, and at what distance. It could easily brake automatically at traffic stops, construction blocks, etc., but could it recognize a detour? It may recognize a car ahead, but could it sense a small child in the road, or a dog? Could it recognize and dodge a piece of tread lost from a truck on the freeway?

Under ideal conditions it would be very efficient, but most conditions are not ideal. The only viable way to make a self-driving car would be to put them in tubes, like in some science-fiction movies, or like the bank outside teller machines. That would eliminate most of the variables that could otherwise be disastrous when a sensor fails. It isn't likely to happen any time soon.

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It certainly seems that it would be a good idea but am not sure in reality if they would be. Cars being currently made with safety features like braking before an accident, warning of cars behind and around us and aid in parallel parking are for sure helpful in avoiding accidents. There are plenty of poor drivers out there and ones that do not pay attention or in an altered state while behind the wheel. I can see where lives would be saved if the cars drove themselves.

My biggest problem would be trusting the technology. When you look at all of the vehicles seemingly constantly being recalled for reasons that effect safety, it is scary to think of failures in a vehicle that controls itself. A single failure in thousands of cars with that technology could have disastrous results. Auto manufacturers would have to prove to be much more responsible than they are today for me to trust those types of vehicles.

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I think self driving cars are a good idea. There are a lot of bad drivers and people that do things like drive twice as fast as the speed limit or drink and drive. Self driving cars could save lives. They would follow the rules, they would not get tired and they would not get distracted. Another reason I think it would be a good idea is because I don't like driving.

Drivers have killed people when they were trying to parallel park. Anything that makes driving safer would be a good idea. I think they should work at making the cars better at preventing people from getting into car accidents. Eventually they could have cars capable of driving by themselves.

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I think that self driving cars would need to go through a long experimental stage, before I would even consider being in one. It seems to me that there are plenty of things that could go wrong. If a part isn't working properly, it could run off the road, and people could lose their lives. If it worked perfectly well, it could save lives, but it would take a long time for me, and I think most people, to trust it. Thanks for the question!

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I think self driving cars could very well be a great idea. Just think of all the impaired drivers that can be kept off the road. If self driving cars worked as intended, the could have a huge impact on the reduction of car crashes. I applaud the the technology, but am still waiting patiently for those flying car things that were seen in the Jetson cartoons.

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I honestly don't think its a good idea, like anything else things have breakdowns and crash or get stuck. i feel we should not be so reliant on technology specially with a car. You don't just et any one drive your car do u ? so u wouldn't let a robot do it . but this is me .

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If all the cars would be self driven, then I suspect that there would be less collisions and accidents on the roads. But I don't like the idea of cars not driven by humans.

And the big no for me is this: I like to drive :)

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