Many benefits to self-driving cars

It is inevitable that human drivers will be made redundant in the future as technology improves ("Self-driving cars safe, say firms developing such vehicles here"; Aug 21, and "Levelling the playing field for taxis, Uber, Grab"; Aug 22).

There are many advantages to having self-driving cars on the road.

Drivers often suffer from fatigue from long hours on the road and risk losing attention and focus on road conditions, thus resulting in accidents.

This problem would be taken care of when self-driving cars take over.

It would be ideal if the technology of driverless vehicles could be advanced for use in buses, too.

Many accidents involving buses usually have to do with some form of human error.

Also, in the case of taxis, arguments between driver and passengers over which route to take are not uncommon.

At the same time, car-pooling is still not widely accepted.

This results in many cars on the road that are almost empty, with perhaps only one driver and one or two passengers.

This is inefficient, especially when the carbon emission per car is factored into the costs of buying and maintaining the car.

With shared driverless cars on the roads, the total number of cars at any one time could be reduced significantly.

Drivers might not necessarily find themselves out of a job suddenly as driverless vehicles are a relatively new technology to be implemented in phases.

In the end, a human driver has to be ready to take the wheel when unforeseen problems crop up, especially on busy roads.

Lee Kay Yan (Miss)