Self-driving cars are a bit of a confrontational subject. They often sound like something out of a science fiction movie, and you have those who are excited about that prospect and those who are afraid of it. Would these cars really be helpful and save lives, or are they dangerous?
The two statistics that speak to the benefits of self-driving vehicles
Safety experts widely believe that self-driving cars would save not just a few lives, but tens of thousands. There are two simple statistics that you need to know to see how and why this would happen. They are as follows:
- Annually, around 37,000 people die in car accidents
- When looking at all traffic accidents in America, 94% of them happen due to human error
The average person who opposes self-driving cars will probably tell you that they want to be in control because they only trust themselves to keep themselves safe. While that feeling is understandable, it is just that: A feeling. The truth is that Americans prove that they can’t drive safely every single year.
Unfortunately, the topic isn’t that simple, though. There are concerns about cars being hacked or computers making mistakes. Plus, it’s not as if we would suddenly have 100% self-driving cars on the roads, so they’d have to share those roads with plenty of human drivers who would make the same mistakes they always make.
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