One thing that most people can all agree on is how much we hate being stuck in traffic. The average person wastes over 40 hours a year stuck in traffic, and for major cities, it can be astronomically worse.
And although the wasted time can be frustrating, the dangers of driving is even worse.
Most have probably been in a car accident at some point in their life.
I tell a story about how a narrowly avoided a massive freeway pileup when the car in front of me went out of its lane, striking the vehicle beside it, and ultimately turning sideways during rush-hour traffic.
I was lucky, I sharply turned my wheel to the right going 70 mph without looking and narrowly missing the sideways vehicle by inches. Fortunately there was no one directly beside me. However, several cars behind me were not so lucky, as I saw from my rear-view mirror the pileup beginning to form.
However, my luck ran out at the end of 2017. While driving along the freeway, a young girl with no license or insurance made a swift lane change right into the side of my car before I could react causing me to dislocate my shoulder and producing several disc issues in my back. Issues I still deal with today.
The fact is these types of stories are not uncommon. Every year 1.2 million people are killed from automobile accidents, and another 30 to 40 million are injured due to negligent drivers. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. In the US alone, 6 million car accidents happen every year!
And nearly all of these deaths are caused by some human error.
In the last 100 years, 3.5 million people have been killed by automobiles in the US. Just to put that in perspective, that is 3x more deaths than all US soldier deaths since this country was first founded.
The movement for driverless cars is not just so we can make it easy to text while driving, but so we can all be safe. It’s a madhouse out there!
Driverless cars are an innovation that will change the world by eliminating human error when driving.
This, of course, is also in addition to allowing people to make the most of their time when in a vehicle. Most people spend up to a half-hour commenting each way to work. Now imagine if they could be on the phone or doing some other form of work while actually on their commute.
It’s estimated that autonomous vehicles will give US residents up to 120 hours back per year.