The pros and cons of driverless cars

The pros and cons of driverless cars

One of the biggest topics of discussion in the auto world revolves around driverless cars. These automobiles – already being built and tested by some companies, including, most famously, Google – would aim to automate the driving process, freeing human hands from the wheel. 

Prospective riders are completely mixed on the idea of driverless cars. A recent Wall Street Journal report detailed poll results – provided by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers – that proved as much. According to the findings, 42 percent of individuals think self-driving cars are a bad idea, while 33 percent of individuals think they're a good idea, and another 24 percent of respondents haven't made up their minds yet!

Listed below are a number of pros and cons associated with the use of driverless cars. Widespread adoption of this technology is likely to be many years away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what you stand to gain – and what you stand to lose – if they become quite popular.

Pro: They eliminate the capacity for human error

With driverless cars, you theoretically wouldn't have to worry about people texting while driving, or being distracted while driving, or even making any kind of mistake while driving. This could help to limit the amount of accidents that occur on the road – which, in turn, can help to decrease car insurance quotes. 

Con: They raise the possibility of other errors

While driverless cars will help to limit human error, no one is naive enough to believe that they will altogether eliminate accidents and mistakes on the road. Anyone who's ever dealt with a freezing computer or a corrupter hard drive is well aware that we can't completely put our trust in a computer-based self-driving automobile.

Pro: Driving-based tasks can be completed with greater ease

Businesses that employ professional truck drivers and other transportation services would be able to substantially cut their budgets. In theory, self-driving cars would erase the need for these jobs – goods and products would be able to transport themselves from point A to point B.

Con: This would cause harm to certain job markets

Of course, the above-mentioned pro is also a con in another sense. If self-driving cars eliminated the need for truck drivers and other professions, many car-loving professionals would find themselves out of a job. In that regard, driverless cars would be a major negative for automobile enthusiasts. 

Pro: Road signage, convenient parking spaces, and other road-based needs could be minimized

If, and when, driverless cars become mainstream, many standards we associate with driving would no longer be needed – and that would lead to a decrease in costs and an increase in convenience for everyone. If driverless cars take off, the need for road signage and other direction-based information would be greatly limited. Additionally, individuals wouldn't even have to worry about finding a parking space close to their destination. Instead, their car could drop them off and find its own parking space by itself!

Con: Car lovers would have to give up driving!

Of course, there's one other major con to be detailed. Even if the need for road signage was minimized, even if online insurance quotes dropped dramatically, and even if cars could park themselves, there would still be one major con to come along with the advent of driverless cars: auto enthusiasts will no longer be able to drive their own cars! There's a tranquility to zooming down the roads in your very own automobile, and that feeling may well be lost if cars start to drive themselves, so devotees of the road are surely hoping that driverless cars will never be more than an experiment.

How do you feel about the prospect of driverless cars?