By: Joseph Bensen
Self-driving cars have the potential to spectacularly revolutionize how people drive or more appropriately, operate a vehicle in the future. In the United States, 83 percent of Americans say they ‘drive frequently’ (GallUp) with an average of 17,600 minutes (12.2 days) driven per year (NewsRoom). Moreover, globally, there are 1.2 billion cars; therefore, 16.4 percent of people own a car, and by 2035 there are expected to be more than 2 billion cars owned globally (GreenCarReports). Certainly, the vehicle market is enormous, so if a company successfully creates a self-driving car and places this vehicle on the market at a reasonable price, this technology would take over the world-wide market since one of the grabbers for buying self-driving cars is that people would be able to multitask while driving, and they would gain back their time lost in the car.
With self-driving cars, users would get back lost sleep, be able to start work in the car, and most importantly, reduce the stress of rush hour traffic because people would be able to spend their time more efficiently, so they would not mind if their commute to work is an hour or longer. With a less stressed and a more rested society, people will be more productive at work and will be able to complete just about any task more quickly than when they had to focus only on driving. Another feature on self-driving cars is the self-park feature. This feature allows the user to step out of the car at the wanted destination and the car will “. . . enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself” (Tesla). This feature allows the user to encounter less stress about finding a parking spot which is especially helpful on crowded city streets like Washington, D.C. With the push of a button, a car will leave its parking spot and come to the person’s location again, relieving the owner’s anxiety and stress, leading to a more enjoyable experience for all. Self-driving cars will improve people’s overall way of life.