Safety of driverless cars will undoubtedly improve with more testing

Driverless cars have recently sparked controversy about their safety. As of April 2, a new California law took effect, stating that driverless cars will no longer need a driver or monitor to be present in the car. Previous law mandated that at least one person had to be in the driver’s seat of a driverless car. 
The new law requires no driver but there must be a way to communicate with the driverless car. This is a major step that California and some other states have taken that might put seniors back on the road again.
Tesla, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and dozens of major car companies are now free to put the pedal to the metal. Oops, there probably won’t be any pedals or steering wheels.
Imagine what this will do for those who have lost their licenses or have visual or physical problems.
The implications for this new law are huge and the financial, social, moral and legal issues are now starting to be addressed.
Following are a few possible advantages:
• No DUI problems, so enforcement should be lessened.
• Driving age, or maybe a better term would be riding age, could be as young as 12. Forget driving Billy to the babysitter or to school, he can do it himself. His in-car video monitor will tell you where he/she is at all times.
• Poor vision, disabilities and age will be of lesser importance. A blind person could  safely maneuver to his or her destination.
• Most self-driving cars will be quiet, efficient electrics. But, as has been said, “Electric equals coal.” Remember where electricity comes from.

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