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Humans vs Driverless cars: which one is safer?

By: Rizna Mutmainah

It’s 2018 and although flying cars still don’t exist, new technology in the form of driverless cars is slowly emerging.

Car manufacturers like Volvo, Tesla and BMW and other companies are already working on driverless cars. With a possible future where driverless cars may dominate our roads, locals express their opinions on whether they think driverless cars will be safer than human drivers.

Gayoung Lee, 26, student, Burwood: “I still doubt the safety of driverless cars. I saw an article about a car accident in Arizona. The car was driving in driverless mode but the driver was in the car. This was shocking because he couldn’t prevent the accident even though he was in the car. I think it is necessary to prepare for the safety issues before it is commercialised”

Gayoung Lee, 26, Student

Brian Kim, 36, Mobile phone repair technician, Strathfield: “Depends, I saw some clips on YouTube and saw some accidents where a person cannot control but manage to avoid somehow. But personally, I think humans can do more than the driverless cars”.

El-Afraa Chouchane,18, student, Strathfield: “I think it can go both ways. If you were to have someone driving a car, they have as much effect to be dangerous as someone who is not driving a car”.

Samah Salami,18, student, Strathfield: “ Technology it stuffs up so many times and we rely on technology so much that the person might forget how to drive”.

El-Afraa Chouchane and Samah Salami, 18, students

Adam Chor, 25, cost planner, West Pennant Hills: “Driverless cars take more rational decisions and it’s not influenced by emotions or tiredness. They don’t even have to be trained up”.

Adam Chor, 25, Cost Planner 

Sarah Zreika, 20, student, Granville: “A majority of accidents happens when someone is behind the wheel, but just when they are tired or drunk. But then we cannot trust technology because there will be a defect or faultiness”.