Just sit back and relax


Mr. Musk,

The United States Census Bureau published traffic accident data from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that contained some disturbing statistics.  In 2009 there were just under 11 million traffic accidents in the United States.  In the same year there were almost 36,000 deaths as a result of these traffic accidents.  This number does not include the hundreds of thousands of people who are injured to different degrees as a result of traffic accidents.  While the number of car accidents has stayed relatively constant over the past ten years, the death rate in car accidents has decreased significantly over the same time period.  I know there are many other problems across the world that cause significantly more pain and deaths, but I think that this problem is one that is not such a hard fix.

The majority of car crashes occur as a result of human error.  If we can eliminate this human error than we can eliminate most of the car crashes.  In a study done by the Center for Disease Control, the CDC found that 3,328 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012.  In the same year 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.  In a survey in the United States, the CDC found that 69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 said that they talked on their cell phone while driving in the past thirty days.  31% of United States drivers ages 18-64 reported that they sent text messages or emails while driving in the past thirty days.  The roads would be much safer without people driving cars.

I hope that you will strive to produce a driverless car that will be fully functional.  Eventually it should be illegal to drive one’s own car on roads that are designated only for driverless cars.  These driverless cars should be affordable and safe.  There may even be no need for people to own driverless cars.  The cars could be shared by the public.  After designing and producing the car, I hope that you would work with the government to implement this driverless car nationwide and eventually worldwide.  Car crashes should be a thing of the past.  There should be a congressional investigation every time there is a car crash involving a driverless car.  That is how infrequent car crashes should be.

Featured Image: Driverless Mercedes

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4 thoughts on “Just sit back and relax”

  1. I think a driverless car is a great idea, which I think would significantly decrease the amount of accidents. I guess some things that need to be taken into consideration would be about malfunctions on the road. Also depending on the cost of a driverless car, how would it affect individuals who do not have the money to own and maintain it? How will it affect our car industry today?

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    1. There are absolutely greater implications of the driverless car on many industries and groups of people. It would completely change the auto industry. In addition, many people rely on driving for a job and a source of income. A driverless car would put an incredible number of people out of work.

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  2. Wouldn’t it be easier to limit distractions?

    How about some sort of kill switch field around the driver space for cell devices… we can’t rely on people to not touch their distraction devices (phones and what not).

    Or better integrate the devices into the car? Get insurers to help pay for… make it such that the car can sense that at least YOUR cell is in the car and it won’t work unless you slot the device into car, but once slotted, you get some sort of increased functionality?

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