Driverless Car


Senator Alex Padilla of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown arrive in a driverless car before a signing ceremony for SB 1298 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Senate Bill 1298 will allow driverless cars to be operated on public roads for testing purposes. (Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)

Technology is constantly improving and always seems worthy of our attention. As said by Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This is definitely the case with the new driverless automobile. The car uses radar, GPS and computer vision to sense the road, signs and various types of obstacles. Three states have already passed laws permitting these cars in September 2012, which includes Nevada, Florida and California. This car is beneficial for our society and solves several problems.

The car is favorable for people with various types of disabilities. Those who are blind can take their car safely from one location to the next without having to see the road. This car is useful for society in general because this car can prevent accidents.

Humans are imperfect, and either make bad judgments or have a slow reaction time. Since this car runs on machinery, it can drive flawlessly and react quickly to any change in its surroundings. Also, this car would be advantageous to many people because it allows you to multitask. If you were driving to work, but still had work to do, you would be able to have an undivided attention towards your work while your car drives you to your destination. One could talk on a phone, or eat a meal without having to focus on driving. Lastly, if one attended a party and had something to drink; this car would serve the purpose of a cab or a responsible friend, by taking one home safely. The car would create a safer atmosphere for multitasking while on the road while also preventing accidents common due to distraction.

These are only a few of the many reasons that the driverless automobile is beneficial to our society and is one of the countless examples of technology improving our lives.