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The case for getting self-driving cars out there, right now.

Apparently there’s still people who fear the day our roads are full of self-driving automobiles, so I thought I’d make this a bit clearer than it may currently be to “non-techies”. It may seem a bit strange now, but Tesla Motors and friends are making huge strides towards building the future. Why would you want to say “stop, no more progress”? “It’s scary” doesn’t make a very good argument. The mix of human and machine drivers on the road may be a tad risky, but we’ll solve that as soon as everyone goes automatic, if not sooner.

Maybe you just think it’s too crazy to work well, that it’s impossible. Let me tell you, modern technology does certainly have the ability to connect all cars and have them cooperate towards a safer and more efficient road. It’s not black magic: computers have come a long way, and it’s not like you need to get all cars to talk simultaneously, just look at the ones in a small radius.

The technology is here, so why would we not want to move forward? Roads will be infinitely more safe with only digital drivers. It’ll eliminate the two causes of car accidents: human error and the unpredictability of it. Merging traffic flows would go effortlessly, at the crossroads we could elegantly take turns– and up the speed while doing so!

Auto enthusiast will surely still want to drive, but build them separate roads for that. This is the next step in transportation, and it’s going to be glorious. Not to mention most all of them are electric cars, so our children will live to enjoy them, too!

Change can be good.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 24/10/2016 (1:20 PM)

    I don’t mind the idea of self driving cars at all. It’s pretty neat. For me it’s just that there’s too much potential for abuse. It’s a neat idea but I’d like any self-driving car to have a manual option. Plus, as was mentioned earlier, driving is just a whole lot of fun. It gives you a real sense of freedom too. I don’t think you’ll get that with a self-driving car.

    • 24/10/2016 (6:37 PM)

      Having a manual option would completely defeat the purpose though. Suddenly the crowd can’t predict/see what your car is doing, so all safety value is lost. It’d be the future equivalent of going a snail’s pace on the highway, sort of.

  • 22/10/2016 (8:38 AM)

    I can get my email address right. Really.

  • 22/10/2016 (8:37 AM)

    White man brings black magic with his self driving cars.

    The worst part of my day could be made a thing of the past?

    Hmm…

  • 22/10/2016 (2:37 AM)

    I’m kind of divided on this. I certainly don’t fear the technology or wish it to not happen, but I do love driving. There’s just something to me about hopping in the car and having an extension of yourself that you tell exactly what to do, like some kind of poor man’s Power Rangers. I’m no Paul Walker (too soon?); I just enjoy the experience of a calm drive. I don’t care for being a passenger. Just who I am.

    With that said, I’d love to see a future where highways are automated cars only. Around here, it’s gotten so bad that we’ll have stop and go rush hour traffic on the highway even on a Sunday afternoon, for no reason at all other than the fact that people don’t know how to merge and how to drive. Highway driving in its current state is slow, miserable, and incredibly inefficient.

    So… you can have the highways, and this old dinosaur can take the side streets? That fair?

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