Episode 34: (Data Bites) Five Benefits to Self Driving Cars and Autonomous Vehicles

Good news! Jordan made it back from Colorado to the Midwest in one piece. The drive made it clear how much he desperately wants self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles. It would have seriously made the trip easier.

On this episode of Data Couture, he talks about 5 wonderful benefits to society and the earth that autonomous vehicles will usher!

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Welcome data couture. I’m your host Jordan. And on today’s data bytes, we’re going to be following up on Monday’s episode. And for all of those interested, I did make it back from Colorado, it was 11 or 12 hours of straight driving. But you know what, it wasn’t so bad, give me quite a bit of time to think. So I hope you enjoyed Monday’s episode which was delivered from the road. And I don’t recommend people do that. It’s probably as bad as I don’t know, texting and driving. But who knows. In any case, today’s data bites, we’re going to talk about some of the positive effects of autonomous vehicles. because let me tell you, after so many hours of driving, I very much wish that I had a car driving me in that entire trip. Nevertheless, let’s get to it. So I’m going to talk about five benefits today of autonomous vehicles. And again, I’m excited about these coming down the pike been in the blind because even though I absolutely love driving, and I love cars, and I love car repair and car restoration, at the end of the day, when it comes to commuting back and forth to work or going on trips, I would very much prefer to have a car do it for me, let’s be honest, and I’m sure most of you would feel the same.

So the first benefit is, with the rise of electric vehicles, chances are all of these autonomous vehicles will be electric. Look at Tesla look at what Ford’s doing look at what Google and Uber are doing, they’re going to be electric cars, or at least some sort of electric gas hybrid. So that means that our economist vehicles will be much, much much better for the environment, they’ll consume way less fuel. In fact, if we can have a solid nuclear infrastructure or wind turbine or solar infrastructure, it will be very, very beneficial to the environment. The second amazing piece of autonomous vehicles is that it will make our streets safer. Why because we as humans are error prone. And like I mentioned on Monday’s episode, so to our algorithms, but nevertheless, the algorithms, the AI the deep learning all of that will be far better at predicting potential sources of problems for a vehicle.

So with human error removed, self driving autonomous vehicles will reduce, hopefully in some instances of accidents, which are caused by driver error, say drunk driving, or even distracted drivers like those who record episodes on the road. And so once the driverless cars become commonplace
study suggests that accidents are likely to fall by a massive 90%. That’s huge. And furthermore, we can be safe when we decide to go out to the world, the bar on a Friday or Saturday night, we don’t have to worry about getting a cab or a lift or an Uber said, we can just get into our autonomous vehicle. Now the next benefit to autonomous vehicles is about time and about how much that cost us. So I don’t know about you guys.

But one reason why I have the Monday episode set the length they are is because my commute is almost exactly 22 minutes, regardless if I hit stoplights or not. However, in the US, I don’t know about other countries, the average commuting time is about 27 minutes each way for a driver. So without having humans involved in the driving commuters are therefore capable to save up to an hour. By saving, I mean, they’ll be able to spend that on other activities for me checking my stats on all my various connected devices, or even answering emails or whatever else you have to do. Right when you get into work or when you’re leaving work. The next big benefit is the tailoring of traffic. Yeah, and this I am very excited about and I’ll tell you about why in a second. However, what I mean by tailoring traffic is that Americans at least and I’m not sure about other countries. And I know I have listeners in Germany and London and Ireland and various parts of Europe as well as South America and Australia, which is pretty cool, honestly. Nevertheless, in America, most people spend in a year about 7 billion hours in traffic that’s wasted.

And that’s true, that’s like stop and go traffic. And that’s wasting approximately 3 billion gallons of gas or diesel, which means that people are losing about 160 billion dollars from having to fill up their tanks because of traffic congestion. However, with autonomous vehicles with these AI systems, the cars will be able to determine the best traffic patterns where to go, how to go avoid it, and thereby eliminate our traffic issues. One reason I’m very excited about that is because in the early days, when adoption is starting to pick up steam, I’m guessing that there will be little hacks for people who ride motorcycles. So you can make the autonomous vehicles maybe get out of your way a little bit as you zoom by them. So let’s just put a pin in that because I’m not sure if that’ll be legal. Nevertheless, I’m excited about it, given how much I love motorcycles. And so finally, the fifth benefit, our space saving, space savings.

And so with autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, car sharing is predicted to be the next big thing for vehicles and people using vehicles. What does that mean? That means that instead of having one car per household, two cars per household, in my case, more than two cars per household, we won’t need to do that. We won’t need garages for vehicles necessarily Why? Because we’ll be sharing cars, we can heal them like we do an Uber or Lyft now or a cab I suppose. And they’ll just kind of exists and their own little lot and they’ll be shared by a community or a city or what have you, which means even less congestion, and they’ll only be used when absolutely necessary. I think this is amazing. And I hope you do too. So I will talk to you next time.

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