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Self Driving Cars: Driving world change for the better

The future of transportation is seemingly here, and it comes in the form of a model 3 Tesla. The future is in electric automated driving vehicles. This type of new innovation by tesla is just one form of how car companies are beginning to look into this safer, more environmentally friendly way of transportation. The way the tesla car works is simple. As quoted on their website, the car has “Eight surround cameras provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.” The cars automation feature as a new product costs $1,000 extra but peering into the future you can only imagine that more companies will begin to copy this model reducing the cost of this add on. The idea behind the car seemingly has no negatives and is increasing in popularity on social media and within other news outlets.

            The positives are simple. Automated driving electric cars are more efficient in every way. First, Electric car drivers will be saving our planets depleting fossil fuels. Now while I understand depleting can be used loosely, fossil fuels are a nonrenewable resource for our planet that provide us with gasoline so we can be confident they will not last forever. The average car owner in America uses approximately 500 gallons per year. The reduction of 500 gallons of gasoline usage per one individual would obviously not put a dent in the overall usage however, with the popularity growing on electric cars the use of fossil fuels drastically decreases. Second, saving money overall.  Now while charging electricity costs money, it’s on average half of what a gallon of gas costs in the same area. This would lead to people saving money at the pump over time to where the $1,000 upcharge would not even matter. Third, the environmental impact. A switch over to electronic cars results in zero exhaust emissions. Once the popularity grows for these vehicles, environmentalists will have one less very important thing to worry about when it comes to saving our planet. Finally, the safety. A study done by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration claims that 94% of fatal car accidents are caused by human error. That number would be drastically decreased with self-driving cars as they would be taking the control away from humans, reducing the possibility of human error. 

            Overall, it is clear that with the release of self-driving electric cars, individuals only benefit. There will obviously be bumps in the process but over time the car automation industry will become more effective in producing quality products leading to an increase in efficient in how we transport ourselves on a daily basis. 

Sources:
– Autopilot. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.tesla.com/autopilot
– Matthew.lynberg.ctr@dot.gov. (2019, June 18). Automated Vehicles for Safety. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/technology-innovation/automated-vehicles-safety
– Muren, D. (2018, October 11). Pop Quiz: How Much More Gas Do Americans Use? Retrieved from https://www.treehugger.com/culture/pop-quiz-how-much-more-gas-do-americans-use.html


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