Driverless cars are expected to improve traffic safety significantly, eliminate traffic jams, and reduce air pollution, which are only some of the benefits that autonomous driving technology is expected to provide. While we can be almost sure that these things will happen once people start using driverless cars, there are a few things we can’t know for sure. For example, we don’t know exactly how they will change our cities and whether they will impact families in any way. We can only guess and hope that they will help families spend more time together.
Driverless cars are clearly going to give us the chance to do some work while they drive themselves, since we won’t have to be focused on the road and keep our hands on the wheel at all times, the way we have to now. This means that we won’t have to spend as much time at work as we do today, which should allow us to spend more time with our friends and family. This is an important benefit for all families, considering that working parents don’t have a lot of chances for spending quality time with their spouses and kids.
Parents spend about two hours a day driving to and from work, which amounts to over two weeks a year. This is essentially a waste of time, since you can’t do anything else while driving. Driverless cars are supposed to help us with that. They will improve traffic flow, will be able to find parking spots for you, and their sensors, cameras and radars will help reduce traffic jams, which will help you get to work much faster.
If you are given the opportunity to cut the time needed for commuting, you will be able to use that extra free time to hang out with your kids. This will be especially good for working moms, who really have difficulties juggling work and family. They rarely have enough time to dedicate themselves to their kids and try and help them with their homework or give them advice on certain aspects of their personal lives, and should be happy about the idea of owning a car that can drive itself.
Furthermore, having a driverless car will make road trips even more fun. An autonomous car can keep up with traffic, steer, brake, stay in its lane, change lanes, overtake other vehicles, and avoid moving objects. This way, parents will be able to talk and play games with their kids while traveling, instead of trying to keep control of the vehicle. In addition to that, you will also have the chance to stay in touch with your family while going to and from work, since you will be able to make and receive phone calls, as well as compose, send and receive text messages, which can be very dangerous if you are doing it while sitting behind the wheel of a conventional car.
Driverless cars are not going to hit the streets any time soon, but when they do, they will have a very positive impact on families and will improve the overall quality of life.
Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “safe driving” specialist. He is a writer for DMV.com, which is a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.