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What is the future of driving? Almost 120 years ago, the first car was manufactured. Nowadays, cars are the main on-ground transportation. Although vehicles help people a lot in their full of movement and energy modern life, cars are taking away people’s time, which they spend behind the wheel. Cars are also a means of transportation that is associated with a high chance of life-threatening risks. So how can Google change that? Google’s credo is “Think Bigger,” and they are doing that by coming up with ideas, that are far ahead of our time. Larry Page once ...view middle of the document...
In addition to that, these cars have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections. The car’s body is made from lightweight polycarbonate. The windscreen is a flexible thick plastic that bends to the touch. The bonnet is soft foam that would minimize the impact in the unlikely event of a collision. So far, Google’s autonomous vehicles have gone through 700 000 accident-free highway miles, and that is an achievement.
William Penn (n.d.), an English real estate entrepreneur and philosopher once said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Google’s self-driving car is also a way to free up people’s time. The U.S. Department of Transportation (2009) estimates that people spend on average 52 minutes each working day commuting. What if they were able to save that time and use it for reuniting with their families, or for conducting video conferences from the back seat of their vehicle while the computer is driving it? That would help families and business people manage their precious time. Apart from that, Google’s driving car project will be able to help those who are not able to drive a vehicle, for instance disabled people or elderly people. The US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (2002) survey found that almost 15 million people, six million of whom are disabled, have difficulties getting the transportation they need. Google’s goal is to decrease those figures to a minimum because as the demographics show, by 2030, up to a quarter of the licensed drivers in the US will be older than 85 years. In addition, to all mentioned above, Google’s autonomous car will be able to help transportation companies to cut costs on salaries paid to drivers, since there will be no need for them.
Carlos Ghosn (n.d.), a Brazilian businessman, stated that the time for the electric cars is critical. Indeed, with all the harm done to the environment and the growing prices of oil, electric vehicles are the lifesavers of this era. They produce zero emissions - in fact, there is no tailpipe. This means no harmful air pollution – no PM10s (smoke, dirt and dust
from factories, farming, and roads), no nitrous oxides, no carbon monoxide and, of course, no carbon pollution. Even when charged with conventional grid electricity, Google’s autonomous vehicles...