As a sixteen year old kid, getting your driver’s license is one of the best and most rewarding events of your teenage life. Not only does it mean you get to operate a car on your own, but it may also mean you have the thrill of driving something fun like a Jeep, truck, or fast car. For others, the thrill of being able to go anywhere you want to without relying on parents or other friends is satisfying enough. Remembering that feeling, think about what it would be like if suddenly there was not an option to drive. The feeling to go wherever one pleases still remains but the fun of driving “fun” cars is now gone.
Google is changing the car world with its new self-driving car. Although it is not on the market yet, it is catching the attention of many people. There is a group of people who only think of their car as a way to get from one place to another. They are now offering $20 a week for people who are willing to test these cars. They are not finished products, but they will give the developers an idea of what it will be like. There are still aspects of how these cars will sync up with the lights and other cars on the road. If not everyone has a self-driving car, it may be hard for Google to coordinate with the traffic. Everything has to be in sync, and the people have to comply. Maybe if these tests show positive results, then it will gain more support and popularity for their product.
A very important aspect brought up by some concerned people is that having self-driving cars would help not only crash fatality rates but especially in teen drivers. Many people know someone or have been in a car crash before they reach age twenty. Unfortunately sometimes these crashes claim lives. Young drivers between ages fifteen and twenty account for sixty-four percent of the vehicle related deaths. That is about 8,864 teens involved. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, and anything that can be done to lessen these numbers would be for the better.
I have always enjoyed driving my own car, but at the same time I do see the dangers in driving. As the Triangle area has grown, naturally there has been more traffic and more accidents. There is really no other solution to reduce the number of deadly accidents or accidents in general. If someone makes the personal choice to drive safely without distractions or under the influence, they still have to worry about others on the road. The only way for this to work would be if all the cars and lights are in sync and all or most of our cars are self-driving. It would be most successful if it was something decided by the majority of the population and could do great things in making our roads and highways a safer place.