Autonomous Automobile Case Study
The history of automobiles can be traced back to 1769 where Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot  built the first steam-powered engine capable of human transportation. Over the next 250 years they became progressively more sophisticated, making use of modern technologies from gasoline internal combustion engines to modern hybrid powering. Automobiles have become an integral part of every day life from personal transport to commercial usage, and they have benefited from the exponential advancement in human technology to make them faster, safer, better looking and more environmentally friendly.
But although many things appear to have changed dramatically over 250 years, until very recently, one fundamental remained. That is that a human was required to control the vehicle, to make the decisions for the vehicle, making it a reliant and …show more content…
Figure 1 assists when elaborating on the impact a traffic accident has on the greater community. The impacts can be seen on the health and emergency services, working environments along with the obvious impacts on close family and friends.
If an autonomous vehicle would not make the same mistakes as humans and reduced the number of accidents the impact would be felt not only within the motoring world.
It is worth noting that there is a large market in the world for shipping and movement of commercial goods, involving the employment of millions of people worldwide. Within this category there are the countless people who drive as their profession, delivering goods. If there were the implementation of autonomous vehicles there would no longer be the need for such workers. And as the population increases and jobs become scarcer, eradicating this career option worldwide would put millions out of work. It is also worth noting other workplace impacts such those on taxi and bus services, who would see the same effect.