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SELF-DRIVING CARS: Should Automated Cars Be the Future of Transportation?
Self-driving cars will reduce accidents, increase productivity for commuters, lower greenhouse gas emissions, decrease traffic congestion, and provide mobility to those unable to drive. Technology companies have already made huge advances in the field, and roadways will be filled with self-driving cars sooner than skeptics think.
The realization of self-driving technology is not as forthcoming, safe, or simple as its cheerleaders argue. Self-driving cars would pose ethical and privacy concerns, and could actually increase traffic congestion while accelerating the spread of suburban sprawl. Innovators should concentrate on revolutionizing mass transit, which is more energy efficient.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should automated cars be the future of transportation? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, audio and video content, infographics, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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