The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 29, 2013

Car accidents and automation

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau statistical data on motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2012, roughly 6,038 deaths occurred, evidence of inefficiency.

What's the answer to this problem?

Progressive self-regulated technology might have something to offer if we were willing to put it to use.

Ideas about automated car systems have been around since 1939, where an exhibit in New York described a future city with cars that would be controlled by radio.

In 2010 Google announced that it had been working on self-regulating cars that use electric controls in place of mechanical ones.

These mechanisms allow for cars to maintain safer driving distances, steering abilities, and measuring components that enable precision parking, all to ensure the safety of the driver.

Considering the implications of such technology it seems this would help reduce accidents to a mere fraction if it were applied to the design of all automobiles.

Consequently when mechanical cars outnumber the number of electrical cars in use we can expect to see a continuation of the same cycle of events. Therefore when we assign decision-making to competent machines in specific areas we alleviate a lot problems generating unwanted human suffering. The only thing that is holding back society from safer driving systems is the lessening of individual purchasing power to buy safer methods of transportation.

Geno Burgess, Sunbury

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