When it comes to not driving drunk, the process seems pretty simple. When you start drinking, you just… don’t get behind the wheel afterwards. But what happens in a day and age where self-driving cars become commonplace? It’s tough to say how the laws will change when that comes about. But our top concern is whether there will be restrictions in place, considering that the person behind the wheel needs to be alert, just in case…
Self-Driving Cars: What Becomes of Drunk Driving?
The first thing we wonder, being in our position, is what happens to drunk driving cases? And ultimately, it’s tough to say. On one hand, the ‘driver’ would be automatic. But, that’s not to say it’s perfect, and you would likely still need the person behind the wheel to stay alert in case of emergency. So, it could help drunk driver cases to go down. Or, it could lead to a new law being created, something along the line of impaired supervising. But, as of now, there’s really no basis for us to go off of. In short, we are in uncharted territory…
How much do we trust the technology?
Self-driving cars could absolutely have an immediate impact on a safer roadway. However, what about that period in the beginning when we’re working out the kinks? Or, what if the computer glitches out? Maybe it doesn’t register someone crossing the street, or merging, or riding a motorcycle? Ultimately, even with top-of-the-line technology, you need someone there just in case because, as we know, accidents do happen.
The potentially fantastic upsides
With such a high death toll due to drunk driving, self driving cars could have an immediate impact. For example, 28 people die everyday in the U.S in an alcohol-related car crash. By another perspective, that is more than one person per hour. Therefore, if self-driving cars could help reduce that number, the impact could be undeniable.
Another potential impact self-driving cars may assist the legal side of things. For instance, considering that these vehicles have the potential to drive without human intervention, the laws may change. In the event that people are no longer driving their vehicles, a legal limit could no longer exist. Not to mention, open container laws might come under scrutiny as well.
Ultimately, it’s tough to predict changes that may come
Technology is tricky, and getting it to a near foolproof point? Quite difficult. But, when it comes down to it, that’s what we would need of a self-operating vehicle. When it comes to driving, we have to be alert, focused, unimpaired, and prepared for changes in the roadway. So, how do you teach a car to do that? I’m sure there are plenty of ways to do so.
But, when you consider that the process is already so tedious, how do you put your trust into something versus someone? As for now, we wait. In time, we’ll see the advancements in technology, potential changes in the law, and a major change in how we get from point A to point B. But, until then, we’ll continue to dial up our Uber.