The other day I saw that a driverless bus was undergoing a test run in Las Vegas when it collided with a delivery truck. Apparently, eight people were riding in the driverless bus when a delivery truck pulled out in front of it. The bus stopped in time, but the delivery truck kept going and caused a fender-bender. As a class-C license carrier, I’m sure the driver felt embarrassed about the incident. Who wants to be the poster child for the argument of why driverless vehicles are superior to humans? On top of that, I’m sure he got in trouble with his company, and the police ended up giving him a ticket.

Autonomous vehicles seem to be the way of the future, and I can’t wait until the days of being stuck in traffic are long gone. Instead of everyone cutting over, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to speed up with the herd of motors, driverless cars offer a solution by providing a hive-mind system where every vehicle communicates with one another. The benefits are going to be huge for the economy. No more accidents, more efficient use of gas, and the community will hopefully be a lot healthier, happier, and productive because of it.

Think of how great it would be to have every vehicle communicating with each other. As one accelerates, the other engines will know exactly how much to increase their speed, and if one of them needs to brake, the message will be sent down the line of vehicles almost instantaneously. I see people getting frustrated all the time with other drivers when someone doesn’t see a car in their blind spot as it is coming over. It’s also a little nerve-racking. Everyone knows how annoying it is when a driver is blocking a lane and going slower than you want to go, but that shouldn’t be a problem once driverless cars take over the roadways. Reckless driving is dangerous for a lot of drivers, and hopefully, driverless vehicles will solve that problem for humanity.

Maybe I’m too trusting, but I want to be able to watch a movie, read a book, and play games while the car takes me to my destination. Anything would be better than the death grip and agonizing focus that is required to get through rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon. Instead, I’ll be able to relax, shift my attention elsewhere, and enjoy the ride. No matter what the conditions of the road are like, car rides are going to be so much better than what they are now when autonomous vehicles become the norm.

As great as it sounds, there are some foreseeable problems with driverless cars that need to be figured out before I commit to exclusively using one. One concern I have is how the vehicle will handle emergency situations, like an inevitable collision or passenger health issues. But then again, it will take many years before these cars replace human operators, and that means we have time to work out most of the kinks.


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