Will Automated Vehicles Change the World?

In a world that is defined by one constant: change, one single technology being called “ the most influential technology in the past century” is a bold statement that people cannot ignore any longer. But is this truly a technology which will revolutionize the way in which we see our world? Is this really the aforementioned “most influential technology in the past century”? As we’ve covered previously, car manufacturing and transportation, two of the sectors that people are perhaps most familiar with and can relate to will experience massive changes that will effect not only the people in the industry, but also the world at large. And yet, the positive aspects of this technology are immeasurable. Looking at the U.S. transportation system current day, once a person is 17 they are flung into the traffic and daily struggles of navigating on some of the most dangerous roadways. Now stop and think for a second as the future of driving will be changed with upgrades to the standard vehicle today: Roads will be safer, traffic could be eliminated, and “passengers” (anyone in an automated vehicle) will experience an increase in the amount of free time they have due to shorter rides. 

We can see one very apt comparison can be made when buildings first adopted fully automatic elevators. There was a similar reaction made by many people back then akin to the reaction people have when talking about automated vehicles today.  Many felt uncomfortable to be in an elevator that was automatic, these people longed for an operator in the elevator to make sure they could get to their floor safely because they simply did not trust the new technology. Current-day generations unsurprisingly take this technology for granted because they never experienced a time where there was not automated elevators. Is this starting to sound familiar? It should. Just how the idea of automated vehicles driving around and having free reign on the road is a scary thought for so many people today, so too was the idea of elevators working on their own in the past. So then, will automated vehicles one day be as simple and regular as automatic elevators? We’ve all seen videos online like this one involving young children who display a familiarity and enjoyment in using an iPad, so in that same vein will these self-driving cars become the new iPad or automated elevator? A tool that newer generations will accept much more easily than those who live through the transition? I’d like to think that as the technology advances, and the world gets more and more exposure to autonomous vehicles it will become a banal normality to no longer drive your vehicles any longer. The common person will have to become comfortable with the fact that their cars were pre-programmed and they do not have complete control in decision making.

Perhaps contrasting the final point regarding a loss of control in the previous paragraph, another angle to self-driving cars is to think about the amount of companies that will grow and prosper making their living off of the rise of this technology. Not only that, we must also try to observe and understand the amount of change that will be brought on not only on a personal level by automated vehicles but also for city planning and other logistical endeavors. This article does an extraordinary job looking at the different ways in different approaches to automated vehicles will have different results for society as a whole. For example, Uber has already taken over Pittsburgh with their autonomous fleet as we’ve discussed previously. However, this is just one of the three options currently being talked about for the future of autonomous vehicles. The first option is private ownership, which is perhaps the most well known category. We see this already with the current state of our transportation system using buses, trains, etc. to move people from point A to point B that are all owned by companies. Another option is buying into companies and “renting” cars from Tesla, Google, or Ford. This means that after paying a fee to a specific company whenever a car is needed you would simply call for it and they would send a car. The last option is a bit similar to the last but for key reasons is the favorite of urban planners because it will eliminate the most cars: a shared fleets of cars. Acting like Uber Pools or a taxi, a car would pick up a group of people all heading to the same location and would drop them off and then when a car is needed again, another one can just be called. The key difference here is that these pools would be owned by the government much like buses or trains and not require fees be paid to a company for the service.

Now there is currently a three-era breakdown of the installation of fully functioning autonomous vehicles that starts at 2015, goes to 2020, and finally stops at 2050. The first era as most of you may already know has already started: automated vehicles are already a reality and being tested in fleets across the world like in Singapore and Pittsburgh. Couple this with the fact that there are now emerging models and technologies that are being created and released and that testing has been ramped up especially in a state like California and you get a formula that is set for mass amounts of innovation in a very quick time span. Tesla is one of the best examples of this with their release of Autopilot 2.0. The next era is set to begin in 2020 and end in 2030: this era will be marked by the insurance companies no longer covering an individual driver, but rather now covering companies due in large part to private ownership becoming a thing of the past, causing companies to own the cars and rent out their vehicles to citizens in the country. Along those lines, since the driver will have no longer have liability of any decision that the car makes the insurance must also insure that the technologies controlling the vehicles is for lack of a better word, bulletproof. Finally, the years from 2030 to 2050 are forecasted to be when automated vehicles are predicted to become the primary means of transportation. The most important milestone reached in this era will be that vehicle crashes will fall 90%, saving billions of dollars per year and making the roads a safer place for all drivers. This will then lead to the redesigning of major cities and towns as we know; as an example, with cars constantly coming and going parking spots can be replaced or removed. Today, cars are parked 95% of the day which will be dramatically decreased to a mere 40-50%. The extra space can lead to further innovation of new technology in now available space. Right now it may be hard to fathom of a world where the drivers will no longer be driving but rather passengers in their own car however once the world has become fully comfortable with this idea, look out for the rapid of advancements of this great technology. The world of tomorrow will undoubtedly become more efficient and roads will look dramatically different than they do present day.

14 thoughts on “Will Automated Vehicles Change the World?

  1. Dean Falcone

    The idea of autonomous vehicles was never really a big concept for me to ponder on. Working through this semester I have seen the idea blow up in popularity. Before reading the countless articles posted about it, I only consider self-driving cars in science fiction movies. I was one of those people who initially was very skeptical about the whole thing. I cannot imagine the primary source for transportations to be completely driverless. Now, with the timetable breaking down how the advances will be played out, it seems more real from one day to the next.
    As was talked about in the beginning of the article, car manufacturing and transportation are two large areas that are constantly innovating and effecting people globally. This may be contributed to the fact that traveling is always going to relevant to the large majority. That urge to travel is forcing companies in that industry to revolutionize. They are looking for ways to make transporting more efficiently on themselves and their customers. Putting self-driving cars onto the market will benefit the world economy and make our lives easier. Driving considerable distances to visit family or any reason will be made more bearable since there is not a focus on staying awake and paying attention to the road. Especially when driving by without anyone else, having an autonomous car allows an eight-hour trip to be done without worry.
    While discussing how young children are using iPads and understanding what they are doing, I did not think in the same way as the author. Yes, it is a good thing to see how young they are and how well accustomed they are to various technologies, but I see other another side to that. Just how cars started were being equipped with rearview cameras, it teaches new drivers to be lazier. There is more of a dependence on the technology and less on their own skills. If all you ever knew was parallel parking with a rearview camera, it is going to be rather difficult when you have to parallel park without one. Once autonomous cars are fully introduced into the average person’s life, there will be a generation of newly licensed drivers who will not need to know how to drive a car. They just need to be familiar with how to run a self-driving car. After a while, man will forget how to drive, park and fix a regular car. This might be progress but at some point there might come a time when autonomous cars will not be available and a need for regular cars.
    In the question for how businesses will be involved with autonomous vehicles, I believe all three options are going to happen. Just how they are now, they will continue this in the future. The government will still control the public transportation. There are still going to be manufacturers that are producing all sorts of various looking self-driving cars because people want to believe they have different choices. If the government runs an oligopoly, I cannot see multiple types of cars and colors being presented. They would want to limit costs and maximize profits as best as they can, especially with little to no competition for them. Uber and services similar I have faith in to still be available. This is because they are being used so widespread, shutting them down would cause an uproar and more traffic to be on the roads. If they are automated, even more can get on the streets and be of help.

  2. Handy De La Cruz

    I do not believe that self-driving cars are anything to fear, but I am not necessarily ready to see them out on the streets just yet. The article mentions that the primary means of transportation at one point is going to be self-driving vehicles. I am not quite sure that that time will be in some twenty years, but I hope it is. Something that had also been promised to the public in some years were flying cars, but it’s not yet a reality. There are extreme questions of safety when it comes to instances like that.
    Something spoken about in a prior class is if you give up control to the automatic vehicle, will it make the right choices when presented an ethical decision. If pedestrians were crossing the street and the car had to hit a number of them because of whatever circumstance, who would it kill? Not only that, but if the ‘driver’ were to doze off on the wheel and they were to get into an accident whose fault would that be?
    Legislatively we need to get ready to answer these questions. We cannot wait for these things to happen and then react. If cars that are going to drive themselves are so closely approaching us, we need to start now. Letting cars make decisions for themselves is a complicated thing to allow because that would require the vehicle to have some type of ethical insight. Including the measurement of which individual or individuals matter most in the case of an accident.

  3. Gregory Medina

    Automation has always been an evolving infrastructure in the United States due to what can now be automated. Since the automation of the production of cars, it is safe to bet that the automation of driving itself is coming into fruition. This is due to the fact that if vehicles were to be automated, then the efficiency of said vehicle and the safety of driving overall will become improved. Though, automated driving does reduce the safety of people in the vehicle, it only reduces the amount of safety that the pedestrian has. This is due to the fact that both cars and pedestrians occupy the same plane when it comes to transportation. This is due to the fact that both sidewalks and streets occupy the same area, thus an effective way to improve overall safety would be to separate the planes of cars and pedestrians.

    Before the rise of automobiles, streets were occupied by people. Once the automobile was introduced a revolution occurred where the amount of space pedestrians occupied on the streets were reduced to just sidewalks. Such occurred due to the number of pedestrians being hit by cars at the time resulting in a media campaign that coined the term “jay walking.” On the other hand, occurrences such as that stated have also come to fruition with other forms of transportation. For instance, consider the location of the current High Line in New York City. The High Line was a supply track that started in the West Village of New York City and went along all the way to upstate New York. There would be frequent deaths on the track line due to pedestrians going near them. As a result, the track was lifted above ground so that pedestrians would no longer be in danger to passing trains. Obviously, as a result of the track changing planes with pedestrians, the number of deaths due to passing trains dropped significantly.

    The concept of separating planes can be applied to infrastructures across the United States in order to bring back street space as well as safety to pedestrians. For example, businesses thrive in promenades across the world. This is due to the fact that such areas are large hubs for people to freely go about in open spaces. Moreover, Barcelona, Spain has created a new project to bring back promenades by using the grid structure of the city. Normal blocks are now being turned into super blocks where vehicles, except for emergency vehicles, cannot pass opening up space for pedestrians. Moreover, as an added bonus, the amount of noise pollution in the city has greatly decreased. In the United States, if infrastructure was changed so that free space can be made for pedestrians, it is likely to see an increase of business and a decrease in noise pollution. Such can be done by completely leaving the street for vehicles to use. Moreover, directly above the streets, promenades can be made for people to walk freely without the fear of passing vehicles. Overall, such a project will eventually take time; however, the added benefit will be worth it.

  4. Robby Hazel

    The world of technology is changing drastically. Possibly the latest and most talked about developing technology is the self driving car. Since the invention of the automobile, people have had to drive cars themselves, leaving an ample amount of room for human error. This present human error can result in car accidents, traffic violations, and even fatalities. The implementation of this new technology will effectively reduce, or even eliminate, the possibility of any of those outcomes from occurring. However, for every good aspect of self driving automobiles there are equally bad ones. To start, police precincts will not be able to collect the necessary revenue that they depend on to carry out day to day operations since traffic violations will be non-existent. Several professions and services will also have to adapt to the new changes in order to avoid the elimination of their jobs. Clearly there are many factors that need to be taken into account and situations that need to be planned for before self driving cars hit the road and all the others become obsolete.

    It is impossible to ignore the immense amount of benefits that come along with cars that simply drive themselves. The most obvious one is that nobody will ever have to drive again. I don’t know about you, but if I have the option to take a nap for an entire multi hour road trip, rather than fighting traffic the whole way and getting extremely stressed out, that would be an extreme positive to me. However, the benefits the world would get stretch far beyond the spectrum of comfort. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds, of lives would be saved as a result of using cars that drive themselves. The cars would be programmed to robotically react to each and every situation without flaw, which would essentially limit, if not eradicate, the risk that one takes every time they get behind the wheel. We also must consider the immense monetary benefits consumers would likely get by owning a self driving car. Not only would we not have to worry about getting injured in the event of a car accident, it would eliminate the costs that accompany vehicle repair and medical bills. Fiscally, this new and innovative technology makes sense for the consumer, but it does not come without serious drawbacks.

    Once self driving automobiles become the main form of transportation we will begin to see entire industries becoming obsolete, millions of job cuts occurring throughout the country, and the elimination of additional revenue that traffic tickets rake in. My main source of concern is what the popularization of self driving vehicles would do to industries such as the trucking and transportation businesses. The need for truck drivers, uber drivers, and cab drivers will decrease exponentially, therefore millions of people worldwide will find themselves unemployed. Also, the auto insurance industry will have to find new sources of income once accident repair coverage becomes obsolete. In my opinion, the popularization of automated cars will absolutely change the world, but my question is: will it be for the better?

  5. Joseph Padula

    The concept of automated vehicles has been floating around for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until recently that this idea started to become a reality. The world’s most informed individuals on this subject just last predicted that the first self-driving car wouldn’t be available to the general public for at least 3-5 years. Well their prediction couldn’t have been further from the truth because on September 14th, 2016 marks the day when Uber launched its first functional self-driving taxis in the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is not only a major milestone in the industry of cars but it is also a huge milestone in the transportation industry.  As William Farlie, the author of the response, pointed out for one single piece of technology being called ” the most influential technology in the past century” is a very bold statement indeed given the countless inventions and advancements that occurred in the last 100 years. However, I do believe that this type of technology will change the world of transportation as we know it because things such as traffic, accidents (for the most part), and other traveling issues will be a thing of the past. Additionally, these types of devices will allow everyone so much more time to do other things due to the fact they do not need to worry about their morning commute to work or etc. This will allow industries to be more time efficient and will drastically decrease the stress that comes along with these traveling issues. Happier mornings usually lead to happier workers.

    Moreover, given that roads will be safer and the liability of others’ lives will not be in the hands of other humans I believe that this will allow car industries to increase the speed of which vehicles can reach. It will almost be like boarding a train or a plane whenever you get in your car because the computers in the cars will be able to maintain these types of environments.

    Furthermore, the benefits of self-driving cars and trucks are endless, from reduced efficiency costs for companies to quicker delivery time for consumers. However, one ethical question that arises is that the millions of people who drive a vehicle for a living will soon be out of a job, solely because they are human. Being human comes with natural consequences like the need to sleep, eat, focus, and maintain constitutional rights. With automated devices, these federal requirements are not necessary. This lack of ‘rights’ makes the self-driving vehicles exceedingly favorable for transportation companies because they can move their inventory without paying 75% of the travel expenses for the labor cost. That makes a huge difference when it comes to shipping across the country. Nevertheless, truckers view their job professions not as a career but as a live style. With this said, my prediction is that the millions of people losing their jobs to machines will have to be compensated with either potential job opportunities or plans to find a job due to the fact that they are going to be extremely stubborn in surrendering their job to the likes of a machine. If companies do either of those two options, I believe the trucking unions will be more lenient in submitting their jobs. Although, automated vehicles do have its faults, the amount of money it will save companies and the consumers will be irreplaceable. I do predict within the next 5 years the roads will be full of automated vehicles, which will in turn change the world as we know it.

  6. Sahnera Spruill

    William made a great connection between past times with elevators and current times with cars. I am amongst the people that find it frightening to be on the road with cars that operate automatically. I don’t trust humans at all on the road, so trusting an automated vehicle is a nerve wrecking thought. But as William stated, automatic elevators were once scary to our ancestors, yet most people today don’t second guess using an automatic elevator, and I am amongst those people as well. So in the future, the success of and normalcy of an automatic elevator may equal that of an automated vehicle. Maybe there is no reason to be afraid. Accidents in any automated vehicles will be accredited to the flaw in its design, otherwise known as, human flaw. We can find human flaw in literally every single design created by a human. It’d be contradicting to be scared of an automatic vehicle but not be scared of the technology we use on a daily basis. The example video provided of a cute little boy using an iPad enlightens me and makes me believe that my grandchildren will be cruising in their automated vehicles with their friends just as smoothly as this little boy, Bridger, showed us the easiness of using an iPad. I also agree with the point raised about how much of an impact autonomous vehicles would make in regards to public transportation, carpools etc.
    My father loves cars, so my family has tons of cars. Two of them being Tesla’s. I’m not very informed on the logistics of the car. But my father updated one of his cars which now has the ability to park its self I believe. He showed me one day as we were going to the bank. As the car was still moving my father and I got out of the car and let it go. It found its way eventually and parked. I was fascinated. I used to be fascinated by cruise control in my own car but I believe that seeing a car park its self has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever witnessed. Also, my father often puts his car on auto pilot which is close to an automated vehicle. It’s obviously not fully autonomous and it’d be stupid to treat it that way. Cruise control is cool but auto pilot is terrifying. Its purpose is to provide an easy and relaxing drive but it makes me 10 times more anxious.
    Though it is hard to trust these autonomous vehicles, I think that’d after being worked on to be as perfect as possible, they’d be so beneficial. They’d make the roads safer for many people because they’d possibly eliminate problems we face with poor drivers that don’t understand the rules of the road, those that text and drive for a living, those that can’t wait to get home to eat complicated meals and drunk drivers. I will admit that I am not an angel on the road, so autonomous vehicles could help to eliminate people like me.

  7. Vannesa Martinez

    Innovations in technology have created an unprecedented pace at which every individuals lives is continually evolving. Throughout the course of this semester, I have been introduced to a number of technologically innovations while reading the articles in Shannon Web. Never within the past few months have I been introduced to a variety of topics and concepts that you do not regularly hear in the news or even think that they are occurring in society right in front of you. All of these technological advances that I have read up to this article show the rapid growth that this era is demonstrating itself to develop and it does not end here as all we see is how to further expand on the technology we have today. Hearing about automated vehicles for the first time really interested me because I had never heard of the concept. Now, after reading articles and familiarizing myself more with the topic, I am now able to wrap my head around the idea that the idea of self-driving cars is going to become a reality sooner than expected.
    Just as the author mentions, there is going to be some underlying fear within the public because that is the naturally state of reaction they will face with being introduced to this new idea. Just as the automated elevators, people were skeptical as to their efficiency and how they would function, or if they could even function properly at all. It is only natural for people to fear the unknown because this is not like anything they have yet to experience. They are going to be skeptical and are worrisome about stepping out of their comfort zone and trying a self-driving car. I can envision that one of the reasons that people are a bit fearful of this new piece of technology is the fact that the car could likely be involved in an accident or could be the one to cause one. Although the article does state that within the years of 2030 to 2050 the most important milestone to have been reached in that era will be that vehicle crashes will fall 90%, drivers might still be having a hard time to picture if it will truly keep the roads safe like it says it will.
    Right now it is difficult to try to see a world where driving is eliminated and self-driving cars take over, but I have no doubt that this will end up occurring, it is just a matter of when. Personally, just like the rest of the public, I do worry as to how safe it will keep us from avoiding car crashes, but at the same time, I welcome to trying the concept once it becomes more available to the public. Since they are being tested in areas around the world like Pittsburgh and Singapore, corporations are doing their duty to test their effectiveness and safety measure before they expand them nationally and then globally. They understand that this concept is big and wants to ensure the public that their safety is their priority. Because if automated vehicles do become a success, then this not only changes the way people drive, but our road layouts and structures. With corporations working on this now, it will be easier for future generations to be more open and willing to opt for automated cars driving around roadways now then the idea of driving it manually. Our way of life is changing by era, and an automated vehicle is just one of the few that will be changing our lives in a few decades to come.

  8. Hakeem Marshall

    Automation, a true boogeyman of our history. Since the birth of what we know to be “capitalism”, people have feared robots taking their jobs. They feared a lifetime of unemployment, barely scraping by while their former employer gets massively wealthy from the process. History has shown this fear to be both true and false. It is true that technology has put a great deal of people out of work. It is also true that our employers are much more wealthy than they were. However, this does not present the entire picture. Industry has indeed died in this country. The amount of horse stables and people that work with horses are indeed minimal. The other side of this is of course that, while it is true that the men and women who have worked in certain industries no longer work in these certain industries due to the advance in technology, it is also true that those same men and women now work in different industry. Technology takes away jobs, yes, but it also creates them. The man who once worked at the horse stable, now works as a car mechanic. The job of a car mechanic does require a formal background but it is higher paying and more complex work. It also results in a higher source of income. Why am I saying this? Well, the reason for this is we are in a new age with new tech. This new tech frightens people. The Luddites are out in full force and it is distressing to see. I must argue against this current.

    Everyone hears automated driving and they freak out. The reason they freak out is because of the immediate association with job loss. When people here about automated driving all they think about is all the people who drive for a living being put out of work. They here structural unemployment. This is a fear that comes from a good place. These are people that are worried about the lives of themselves and others. This fear, however, is misplaced. Technology will not be putting drivers out of work, not any time soon anyway. There are a few reasons for this.

    The first reason is the fact automated driving will have a slow attachment rate. Consumers are not just going to buy into automated driving technology all at the same time in its infancy stage. It takes years for consumers to adapt to new technology and build their lives around it. The second reason is the assumption that robots will take away these jobs comes from a place of misunderstanding the role of technology in our society. Very rarely does technology completely eliminate the need for labor and if it does it makes us all better off in the process. Often times technology complements labor. Instead of having uber jobs being taken away by robots, we will instead have more technologically equipped cars. The third reason is legal hangups. If an automated car crashes into another car, who would take the fault. I imagine it would be the company who owns the car. We would have no way of determining who is responsible for accidents and the like. I imagine that, in a worst case scenario, companies would still hire drivers to have someone to blame if stuff goes down.

  9. Steven Chilletti

    This article was interesting to me because it talks about self-driving cars and the future of these vehicles, which is something that I have written about in the past. The article starts off by giving questions about whether or not this new technology will really change the world, and also talks about the problems of driving that many Americans face today. The author says that teens with new licenses have to deal with driving by themselves when they probably do not have that much experience. I can agree with this because it is still a struggle for me to make the commute to campus every morning, especially when I am running late. An interesting example that the author brings up is how he relates automated cars to automated elevators, and he says that there were concerns from people about both of these things. While it does make sense that people will usually be concerned about things that are harmless, comparing cars to elevators does not seem like a good comparison. The author also gives real world examples of these automated vehicles in action, and I think that this shows that over time more people will become accustomed to automated cars and will not see them as a bad thing any longer. One of the main problems I have about this article is when the author shows the three stages of the automated vehicle installation. In the second stage, it talks about how companies themselves will own these cars, and that the private individuals will only rent them. This concerns me because it is taking ownership away from something that the entire world uses. In my opinion, I think that automated cars are a good thing, but I also do like driving as well, so finding a balance between the two should be something that companies strive for.

  10. Justin Scherzo

    Autonomous vehicles are no longer an idea, they are actually out and can be seen. Like all innovations the point of autonomous vehicles is to allow for a safer, quicker, stress-free drive, instead of having to worry about the many unknowns of being a driver. As a novice driver, I have had my fair share of scares while being on the road, including being in an accident. While it shook me a little bit, I believe that if I was in an autonomous car the accident could have been prevented. I am all for these self-driving cars if they can be more efficient and make the roads safer, but I am sure there would be many oppositions to it.
    I remember reading a blog just a few weeks ago about how Uber is implementing these cars in the streets of Pittsburgh. I thought a lot of what they were saying about the cars could be very beneficial, but I also had some questions. One major one would be the possible problems that could arise from obstacles in the road. There were not many answers for how the cars would react but I am sure that there will be many changes in the technology as it grows more advanced.
    This article talks about some of the benefits and negatives of autonomous vehicles and how they will be further implemented in everyday life. It begins by talking about how the modern transportation system works. In my opinion, having a 16 year old take a few lessons on the basics of driving and then throwing them out onto the road with an experienced driver is not a great system. I remember when I was first starting to drive how scary it was and how I got a little bit nervous each time I drove. This also is why insurance premiums for young drivers is so high.
    The article goes on to talk about how it would allow drivers to feel more at ease, in these vehicles. There would be more free time for the drivers and the roads could become safer and more efficient. He says that the next generation may be more prone to accept these vehicles. I think that this is very true, the younger generation is so dependent upon technology, and this would just be another innovation for them to get used to.
    Continuing, he speaks about the three steps that these vehicles will be implemented in. The first one has already passed, in 2015 when these vehicles started to be used in places like Singapore and Pittsburgh, followed by steps in 2020 and finally 2050. Tesla is going to release an Autopilot 2.0 which will be a step towards self-driving vehicles. Somewhere between 2030 and 2050, he says, these vehicles will become the main means of transportation. There will be benefits like a lot more space from less parked cars and vehicle crashes will be reduced by 90%.
    I like that we are working towards a more efficient and safer world. I could surely see myself in one of these cars in the future, but like all innovation it will take some time to get used to before we actually see these being used frequently.

  11. kaitlyn healy

    In the article “Will Automated Vehicles Change the Future?” by William Farlie, there is a decision on the use of automated cars and how it can shape the future. The article makes a very good point in the fact that throughout the years we as a society have dealt with technology change. I find it hard to believe that there was a time when elevators were not automatic but were run manually. I would find it unsafe to know that they were run with the use of computers. I would be more afraid of man made errors than computer errors and I am sure people of past generations cringe at the thought of going in an elevator that is completely controlled by a computer. As with anything in life we as humans get used to newer technology and we adapt to it and things become the norm.

    The article brings up a good point that we all take for granted, except for me, and that is we take a seventeen year old and we put them on roads that are dangerous and hope they do well. I say except for me because I don’t drive often at all. I am comfortable with Uber and letting someone else drive because I don’t feel comfortable on major highways but there are a lot of people who are over confident and think they are ready for driving especially in states like New Jersey where we are over populated and our roads are over crowed. Not to mention the fact that the use of cell phones is a huge distraction and causing too many motor vehicle accidents on our roads.

    The article also brings up the fact that many companies would benefit from this technology because the use of this would not only be great for car sales but for other businesses willing to rent these cars. Either an individual can own their car or rent one or another option would be an Uber affect where a company or government would have cars available to move people from point a to point b with just a call.
    This whole concept would save money for individuals in the long run and there is a plan that is set for the full time use of these cars that ends in 2050. By the year 2030 insurance companies could stop covering drivers and that would mean there would no choice but to use automated cars.
    The only thing that I see that could cause problems in the future is that this technology could cause a decrease in revenue for some companies and municipalities. I am sure automated cars are set for a certain speed and safe so we can take away the revenue that summons generate in our towns and cities for speeding tickets and careless driving, also the insurance companies will not be dealing with people getting insurance for things like collision or personal driving. Another thing that will cause a loss for some companies would be not all car companies will be able to afford this type of technology and not all people will be able to afford this type of car and that will lead to people renting or taxiing for rides. Then this also will trickle down to local mechanics losing wages and oil change places and car washes. Technology can change the economy for the good and for the bad, but we can’t suppress technology because in the long run it will create more opportunity for our society in the future.

  12. Joselito Abarca

    The rapid growth of technology is both beneficial and detrimental to our society.. The Automated vehicles seemed like an innovation that would occur In the future. This article talks about self-driving vehicles and it is interesting because I have read many articles on the same subject. In September Uber released its first self-driving vehicles in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. However, it is still a long time until these vehicles will be fully autonomous. I also feel that these vehicles can still be a hazard because they are still in the early years of development. Computer tends to malfunction and if this occurs on the street, it can be chaotic However, they will eventually help prevent accidents and traffic violations. Autonomous vehicles will make it more convenient for the consumer because they will be able to rest during long rides home and even have meetings inside later on in the future! Having employees come with a major cost such as salaries, health coverage, etc. This also means that there will be lower prices for consumer goods. Through the perspective of a business owner, reducing cost will have a positive impact on the company. The potential savings of not having to pay a human is great business decision. A variety of industries will thrive from these innovations. Many car companies are already building these vehicles. According to the article, 75% of the travel expenses for the labor cost. Approximately 1.6 million Americans work as truck drivers. This means that 1.6 million Americans will no longer be able to feed their families and will endure financial struggles. Transitioning to a different job is not easy, especially in this competitive market where jobs are scarce and the integration of technology has made it even worse. Furthermore, self-driving vehicles will negatively affect other industries that rely heavily on serving drivers for revenue. Businesses such as gas stations, rest stops, motels and dinners will eventually run out of business since everything will be powered electrically. However, gas stations will be replaced with charging stations which can be an alternative for those who have lost their jobs. These stations will also have dinner stations, because humans will eventually get hungry. In the future it will be a great industry. Many Taxi, bus and Uber drivers will also lose their source of income. I was reading an article on the Wall Street Journal which states how Uber has already debuted their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. The plan of Uber’s Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is to eventually replace Uber’s 1.5 million drivers. Many of the jobs Uber created are now in jeopardy I was reading an article on the Wall Street Journal which states how Uber has already debuted their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. The plan of Uber’s Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is to eventually replace Uber’s 1.5 million drivers. Many of the jobs Uber created are now in jeopardy. The autonomous vehicles are expensive but it is a onetime expense. When people are going on long drivers, the battery of the vehicle will eventually have to be recharged. I am extremely optimistic to see these vehicles hit the world and eventually ride one of my own. As a current undergraduate student it is scary to see how technology has eliminated and replaced countless jobs. At the rate we are going many jobs will be replaced by a machine

  13. Jason Salazar

    While reading many blogs on Shannon web I came across many topics on technology. Technology is growing every day but we are not sure if it is always benefiting us. The automatic car is something that has already started. I read about Uber testing it in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will take a while for vehicles like that to be out in the street for good. I am not sure if it will be all that safe for us to have automated vehicles in the streets. Testing it out it something that should be done for many years. Even so the vehicle would have to run on a computer. A computer can not always be trusted. They can easily be hacked by people and cause many accidents. If they find a way to know for a fact that it is one of the safest thing out there then maybe it can work. Just because they say it is safe does not guarantee it. Sure there are many ways it can help out, such as not letting young inexperienced drivers on the road and bad easily distracted drivers as well. It could possibly save us from those kinds of accidents but then really we cannot ever be so sure. With the inexperienced driver, we have all been down that road before and it is just a part of life. Many people hate those new drivers but they do not realize that they were those drivers as well. The article talks about how companies can buy or rent these cars as a transportation system. That seems like a smart ideas for companies to do. Then again I think it would affect the business for Uber drivers and taxi drivers as well. They say that there is a three-era breakdown of the installation of automated vehicles that started at 2015, goes to 2020 and stops at 2050. The one in 2015 started with cars being tested in Singapore and Pittsburgh. They use the example of Tesla with the release of Autopilot 2.0. The next era is going to begin in 2020 and end in 2030. That is the era were the insurance companies will no longer cover individual drivers but it will cover companies that own the cars. This will change many things, the actual driver of a car is now the car itself so it will not be the fault of the person inside the car. The insurance companies will need to look out for the companies who sell the car. They say that the vehicle crashes will fall 90 percent saving billions of dollars per year. They say they can remove coming and going parking spots because they will not be needed. They say that it will be better for the roads, but I still have my doubts. I do not know if I can trust a computer with driving and my life. If a terrible accident happens I have no way of stopping it. I would rather trust myself driving than trust a computer.

  14. Cliff Nash

    The concept of self-driving cars in an interesting one. I feel as though you need to have everyone owning a self-driving car for it to work properly. There are too many possibilities of mistakes to be made if a mix of both self-driving and nonself-driving cars are all on the road at once. What I am referring to is human error. Although in the coming years self-driving cars may be the norm and a majority of people may have them that does not mean they are going to be perfectly safe. Having people who do not have self-driving cars on the road means that their mistakes can cause huge issues. The self-driving cars are going to be programed so that they know when it is safe to drive, where to stop, when to stop and so on and so forth. Now ad din someone who is driving their own car, this makes it much harder for the cars to predict things that are going to happen because a live person driving is much less predictable than an automated driver.
    The thought of having self –driving cars on the road is very intriguing to me. Is it something that I am a little worried about? Definitely, but if it is programmed correctly and has been tested the proper amount then there should be no issue with them being unsafe. Thinking about it logically, people have been saying that flying cars are going to be around for the last 20 years, meanwhile there are no flying cars on earth. It is the same promise that is being made with the self-driving cars, for all we know it could still be many years until they are completely done being tested and are actually available for use on the road by the common person.


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