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In the modern world technology changes so rapidly that infrastructure and education often fail to keep up.  Because of this it is imperative that the collective people of society adapt to the ever changing technological environment and try to keep up.  This is easier said than done however.  One example of this is the mass production of vehicles.  Last year, 7.1 million passenger vehicles were sold to the public in the United States.  This vast number of vehicles creates an immense amount of congestion in densely populated states like ours, New Jersey.  In order to fix the problem of congestion and traffic, tech giants like Elon Musk and Google are working on self-driving cars and other automated transit systems, like the Hyperloop.  In theory, a completely autonomous self-driving car would work in a system of many other cars that would communicate with each other in order to avoid collision and traffic.  This solution would solve the problems of congestion and traffic accidents would rarely happen since the system would communicate with itself.  tesla_autopilot_2_video.jpg

While leisurely driving will be the primary use of self-driving vehicles, there are many other more practical uses.  One example is using a self-driving truck to haul cargo across long distances.  By having an automated truck do the driving, speed would be increased since the truck would not need to take any breaks and gas mileage would be reduced.  However, these benefits come at the cost of people’s jobs, which in turn effects the economy.  Automation will likely make some people’s lives easier, while making other’s harder.

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Reference:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/199974/us-car-sales-since-1951/

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