“Autonomous vehicles would allow more flexibility, more efficient scheduling and, perhaps, even more private availability because so many vehicles would be deployed versus depending on resource-constrained organizations, like senior centers or veterans administration support,” Panetta said.
Without access to personal vehicles, people earn lower incomes and attain degrees at a lower rate. A 2017 report by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that autonomous vehicles (AV) could enable 2 million more people with disabilities to attain employment opportunities.
Self-driving cars will open up the following benefits for the disabled community: Increase employment opportunities by enabling easy commuting. Integrate and contribute to the community more actively. Have easier access to healthcare.
Self-driving cars could revolutionize how disabled people get around their communities and even travel far from home. People who can’t see well or with physical or mental difficulties that prevent them from driving safely often rely on others – or local government or nonprofit agencies – to help them get around.
Pros of Self-Driving Cars
Driving safety A recent McKinsey & Company study found that autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems have the potential to reduce motor vehicle deaths by 90 percent, saving thousands of lives and roughly $190 billion every year in health care costs.
Automation can help reduce the number of crashes on our roads. Government data identifies driver behavior or error as a factor in 94 percent of crashes, and self-driving vehicles can help reduce driver error. Higher levels of autonomy have the potential to reduce risky and dangerous driver behaviors.
While there is likely to be a net positive benefit to society, there will also be unintended consequences to consider. These negative effects range from the serious—the potential loss of millions of driving jobs along with a collapse of the traditional auto industry—to the silly (more people will be puking).
For the elderly, disabled, and sick, autonomous vehicles will immensely affect their lives because one major challenge they face is moving around. Alphabet is currently testing design tools, like buttons with braille, to enable visually impaired people to move around with driverless cars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has seen a 7 percent reduction in crashes for vehicles with a basic forward-collision warning system, and a 14 to 15 percent reduction for those with automatic braking.
The piece, produced by Google, captured the potential of autonomous-car technology to change the lives of the visually impaired. Self-driving-car advocates say that in addition to helping the disabled, the vehicles will allow people to do other tasks while driving and make roadways safer by removing human error.
Computers are also able to strictly follow rules and cooperate with one another, so along with a reduced number of crashes, self-driving cars can help smooth out traffic flow and reduce traffic jams. They can also solve the headache of looking for a parking spot by self-parking by themselves.
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Morgan Stanley (MS) has conducted research indicating that self-driving cars could save the economy $488 billion in annual savings from reducing traffic accidents and another $158 billion in savings due to reduced fuel costs.