We just made it through New Year’s Eve, a day that’s known for its high number of drunk driving incidents. Four million adults drink and drive each year, and car crashes happen to cost the U.S. economy an astounding $230 billion each year. The loss of life is enormous—in 2010, there were 35,000 deaths due to car crashes in the U.S. and 3,500 around the world every day. There is reason for hope in the future, however. It’s estimated that autonomous cars will account for up to 75 percent of vehicles on the road by the year 2040.
These self-driving cars offer numerous benefits—they are programmed to follow local traffic laws, and autonomous braking alone will reduce car crashes by 14 percent. Vehicular communication systems could help avoid up to 81 percent of all traffic accidents. The cars of today are not known for their efficiency. Traffic congestions costs the U.S. economy $87.2 billion, and Americans lose 4.2 billion hours each year due to traffic. Self-driving cars can follow each other more closely, increasing existing space on the road. Also, V2V communication would schedule the cars to move into an intersection seamlessly.
By and large, the cars of today do not help preserve our precious environment. Twenty-two percent of carbon dioxide emissions come from cars and trucks. A staggering 2.8 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to congestion. Since self-driving cars will weigh about the quarter of the size of today’s cars, they will reduce fuel emissions by 56 percent. By the year 2050, there will be an estimated 44 million people over the age of 75—self-driving cars will provide mobility for those who have difficulty driving.
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