A Look at the Social Impact of Self-Driving Vehicles
A recent article by Vox discusses the future of “smart cities” and the impact that driverless vehicles may have. While many conversations often revolve around driverless personal vehicles, this technology will also surely impact public transit systems as well, resulting in driverless trains and buses.
The article discusses the author’s recent experience on a public transit bus with an unruly passenger, and the impact the driver had at relieving the situation. It takes a look at an issue that is sometimes overlooked in the discussion of a future composed of driverless vehicles, particularly in public transit, which is the power of the social contract. What would happen if we were to remove drivers from public transit vehicles? The article goes on to discuss the fact that the current system of public transportation has built in protections, and while not always perfect, are effective.
Check out this article on the future outlook on autonomous public transit systems and let us know what you think!