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When Should You Purchase a Driverless Car?


A recent survey by Hartford Financial Services Group and the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examines the vehicle technology preferences of drivers aged 50 and up.


Source: PropertyCasualty360

When should you get a car with autopilot? Well, you could go ahead and get one now, if you can afford it and if you feel safe. That's according to a recent survey by PropertyCasualty360: the top reason—chosen by 57% of those surveyed—why people over the age of 50 would use a car's autopilot was if it was proven to be at least as safe as if they were driving the car themselves.

Maybe I'm old (I'm actually only 30 at the time that I write this) but I can identify with that sentiment. I wouldn't mind if my car drove me to work every morning since it's hardly a joyride, but I can see how much extra time I would have if I had this possibility. Even though I live 5 to 10 minutes away from work, I could definitely see the benefit of having the extra time on a Sunday morning when it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to drive to church. Imagine: just get in your car, sit back, relax, and continue whatever you were doing.

One thing I had never even considered was what driverless car technology means for people who can no longer drive, or their health limits their ability to drive (people with epilepsy, for example). I had always been concerned about my safety when I turn my steering wheel over to Skynet, but it is definitely a game-changer for people like my grandparents who are in their 70's and 80's and their reactions aren't as quick—or as available—as they used to be.


Written by Tyler Small on Wednesday, August 17, 2016