Not only would driver less cars free up a person's hands an attention to do other tasks, such as reply to messages, read the news or visit with other passengers, but this futuristic idea could also prevent car accidents. Car manufacturers around the world are quickly developing prototypes and testing new sensors and software to help guide cars through dense traffic at high speeds, all without a driver.
These sensors can detect long and short-range objects, ensuring a car is adapting to its surroundings, leaving very little work for a driver to do. As companies perfect this technology, fewer car wrecks will occur, less congestion will be present on the roads, and people will have more time to relax, visit with friends or send emails.
While this technology is at least a decade from being available on showroom floors, some advanced safety technology has already been implemented in certain vehicles. This technology can help drivers stop their car to avoid a collision or warn the driver if they are veering out of their lane. Many safety experts believe that this technology has already prevented many accidents in models that have it.
Until this technology is implemented in most new vehicles and most people are driving these vehicles, humans will still need to be responsible behind the wheel of their cars and ensure that they are paying attention. Since 90 percent of all car accidents are caused by human error, it is important that drivers work to eliminate accidents by ending distracted behaviors.
Source: MIT Technology Review, "driver less Cars Are Further Away Than You Think," Will Knight, Oct. 22, 2013