With the increasing number of driverless cars both entering the market and causing unmanned accidents, society remains conflicted on the future of the motor vehicle transport.
Ben, 19-year-old Green Keeper from Parramatta:
(They’re) “pretty dangerous I reckon, cause there’s no one in there haha.”
Steven, 62-year-old Technical Officer at UNSW (Former Uber Driver) from Bondi:
“At the moment I think it would be pretty stupid when there’s so many driver cars around. Driver cars are pretty bad, aren’t they? Unless its all or nothing you know. So you’d have to get rid of all the drivers. Then you could do the driverless.”
While many believe that they are increasing the risks on our roads, other believe driverless cars are a significant step forward for technology and will prove more beneficial to society than a liability.
Ferra, 22-year-old UNSW Computer Engineering student from Kensington:
“I’d say I agree with them. They’re less dangerous than actual people on the roads, I guess it’s like the same as autopilot.”
Guythrea, 22-year-old UNSW Mechanical Engineering student from Kensington:
“I agree with them. I just think it’s a way of progressing forward. I guess there is always a certain amount of risk with, but I think the benefits outweigh the risks.”
Amidst the number of controversies surrounding driverless cars, there are still some who are unaware or uninterested about the emerging motor vehicle changes.
Zachary, 16-year-old High School student from Kensington:
“Well I don’t know much about them, so I don’t really have an opinion on them. To be honest I only just heard about them when you told me haha.”