The Shocking Effects Of The Google Driverless Car [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The future is closer than you might think. Thanks to Google’s top secret research department, Google X, driverless cars are now a reality and could be hitting the mainstream in the not too distant future. Nevada has become the first US state to pass a law allowing driverless cars on the roads in their state, and Google is even considering getting into the automobile industry by manufacturing the cars themselves.

But as our infographic today shows (courtesy of AptusInsurance.com), there are drawbacks as well as advantages to projects such as these. All of those who depend on driving for a living will see their jobs threatened, and states such as California could lose revenue if drivers opted for a cheaper ID card instead of a licence renewal.  But think of the benefits!  While the car drives, you could sleep, read, play your Nintendo DS console, eat your lunch or even make out on the back seat!  Plus the number of drunk driving accident deaths would plummet to virtually none.

Here is a short video by the creator of the driverless car, Sebastian Thrun, on why he started the project (definitely not for making out on the back seat!), and also a brief look at the car itself.

Would you buy a driverless car if it was affordable? Or does a car like this take away one of life’s simple pleasures which is driving the car yourself?  Can you think of any other advantages or disadvantages to Google’s driverless car? Let’s hear them in the comments below.

Google Driverless Car - Shocking Effects

Comments (23)
  • Mark Acker

    New Yorkers are starting to realize some grave scenarios with google cars driving around in the Big Apple. Heres the article :

    http://www.newsgrape.com/a/BV0dg61AwR4bHWB91yOIJQ/5-reasons-why-new-yorkers-will-slam-the-google-self-driven-car/

  • Luke

    This will be a very significant benefit to people and economies. Consider the thousands of human lives saved ( no drunk divers, no sleepy drivers, no distracted drivers, no aggressive drivers etc). And think of the huge number of new jobs to be CREATED- a whole new industry servicing this technology, and an exponential growth in car sales to people who previously were excluded from automobiles.
    Remember, in the early days of cars there were people fretting and wringing their hands over the loss of jobs in the horse and carriage industry…but it soon became apparent that with cars a whole new and larger industry was being born.

  • Oron Joffe

    If a driverless car hits a person, another car or anything else (and it will happen), who is liable?

  • Bill

    okay the motto should be for the driveless car, “If you don’t like they way I drive then stay off the sidewalks.” Will you still be required to have insurance? Who is actually at fault if your car causes an accident? I guess there are pros and cons to this.

    • Mark O’Neill

       yeah imagine all the lawsuits because the Google cars caused accidents!  But I’m sure the lawyers are all over this, working out the pros ans cons.

  • Bogdan

    I do not realy agree with the savings from parking costs. Instead a simple way home – shoping – back home the mileage might double with subsequent costs added by the consumed gass.
    As for part time taxi, I am not sure I would like someone else messing with my car.

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