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Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal

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Cars don't kill people. People driving cars kill people.

Driving a car will be illegal by 2030. Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, man’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted.

The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber, climate change or improvements in mass transportation. Driving should and will be made illegal because we now have the technology to prevent deadly traffic accidents; one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe. More than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents globally each year (which is more than the total casualties suffered by both sides in the Korean War).

Last year, more than 275,000 Chinese, 238,000 Indians and 33,000 Americans died in preventable traffic accidents. Since Ralph Nader first took on the auto industry by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, automobile manufacturers have radically improved the safety and reliability of motor vehicles.

Seatbelts, airbags, anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitoring systems have all reduced traffic fatalities. But until now, car makers were unable to deal with the single biggest cause of traffic fatalities: human error. We now have at hand the technology to save millions of lives, but do we have the willpower as a society to mandate its use?

Autonomous vehicles don’t drive drunk, don’t drive distracted and don’t fall asleep at the wheel.

The #1 reason people don't ride their bikes more is being afraid of cars. If we could alleviate that fear, the peace dividend would be vastly increased health and wellbeing.

That is true. The self-driving cars are good to the bikers, right?

Yes! I met one at a stop sign recently, and it was very polite! If only it can be programmed to say "After you, Alphonse"...

It's good to hear that self-driving cars have a high sense of etiquette. 

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