The cars of today are costly in more ways than one. In 2010, there were 35,000 deaths due to car crashes in the U.S., and car crashes cost the economy $230 billion every year. Traffic congestion costs the U.S. economy a staggering $87.2 billion a year. As a nation, we waste 4.2 billion hours in traffic each year—that’s one work week for every traveler. The environment takes a beating from the cars of today as well. Twenty-two percent of carbon dioxide emissions come from cars and trucks, and 2.8 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to congestion.
Fortunately, self-driving cars figure to rule the future—estimates reveal that autonomous cars will account for up to 75 percent of vehicles on the road by the year 2040. These cars of tomorrow offer numerous benefits. They are programmed to follow local traffic laws, and vehicular communication systems could help avoid up to 81 percent of all traffic accidents. Self-driving cars can help us save time as well—faster reaction times and a reduction of accidents will lead to improved intersection efficiency. V2V communication would schedule the cars to move into an intersection seamlessly. Since they are about a quarter of the size of the cars of today, autonomous cars will reduce fuel emissions by 56 percent.
The cars of tomorrow will help all Americans and even improve quality of life as well. Are you excited about these self-driving cars of the future? Please discuss and take a look at the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes to learn more about the self-driving car of tomorrow!