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Why Self-Driving Cars Are The Future Of Driving

It is evident that self-driving cars have a negative connotation with the majority of the public. But the reality is that although self-driving cars are often portrayed by the media as detrimental, they are beneficial to society. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

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1. Self-driving cars would reduce the number of car accidents that occur per year.

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Think about it. Have you personally, or do you know a friend/family member that has been involved in a car accident? “Because an estimated 94% of automobile accidents are attributable to human error, the development of law-abiding, ultra-safe self-driving cars promises to significantly reduce the number of annual car accidents” (Penn Bioethics Journal).

2. Congestion and traffic on major roadways would decrease.

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That moment when you’re cruising down the highway and then see those awful red brake lights. You curse the world for having too many humans. Self-driving cars would reduce congestion on major roadways through improved traffic control and accident reduction.

3. Traveling longer distances at a time just got that much easier.

Pack your bag folks. It's road-trip time. Since these cars reduce human labor and make driving a more relaxed and stress-free experience, consumers would be more likely to travel longer distances at a time.

6. Fuel and energy consumption would be reduced, alleviating harmful effects on the environment.

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Self-driving cars are a step towards solving environmental issues, such as global warming and ocean acidification.

8. Urban cities would see an increase in economic activity, leading to overall increased GDP.

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It is said that self-driving cars could boost gross domestic product (GDP), or the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a period (quarter/year). This is used as a method to gauge the health of a countries economy.

9. There would be room for improvement in infrastructure, leading to job creation.

Although infrastructure is a high-cost investment, it creates jobs as well as has a large multiplier effect. This means that a dollar spent on infrastructure leads to an outcome of greater than two dollars.

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