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Are Driverless Cars making us Less Social

Driverless cars are programmed to reduce human errors, with a special technology to monitor the car’s surroundings, guide the car and detect hazards. Street interviews show a divided public opinion,  most people believw driverless cars are created to follow road rules, hence it would significantly reduce fatal crashes through minimising human error. Others believed that introducing the idea of the automated driving would certainly encourage people to boycott public transport and travel in the comfort of their personal transport, hence decrease the level of interaction between one another. One thing the interviewees can agree with, is that driverless cars won’t be implemented anytime in the near future.

Athena, 23 year old Science student from Sydney University:

“There may be an overflow of cars on the road and that would overtake the whole public transport system. However I do believe it would be safe because the government would have to regulate it and ensure that it is safe. They wouldn’t want to take the responsibility if anything goes wrong.”

Revaldo, 20 year old from Roseberry

“I think you wouldn’t need a driver’s license anymore which is good because I don’t drive”

“I believe driverless cars would reduce the chance of human errors”

Whilst others like to drive, rather than let technology take control.

Michael 30 year old from Bankstown:

“Some people like to drive and you’d be taking that away from them. I think it’s gonna be all or nothing. If it’s gonna be driverless cars, it’ll have to be all driverless cars.”

Joyce, 18 year old First year student from UNSW:

“Until [it’s] really on the road, no one is really going to know how well it’ll work”

“Ideally I’d love it to work but at the moment it is all theoretical and it hasn’t really been tested on the road. So far it has only been tested within an enclosed set up.”


*Interviewees did not want to be photographed*