As cool as the idea and concept of young adult driving sounds, there are still many people who feel uncomfortable with such a notion or who argue that it will never truly be 100 percent safe.
Arguments that were thrust back into the spotlight after it was revealed that a driver under the age of 25 was killed on a Florida highway in May after the vehicle drove into a tractor-trailer.
The incident is now under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a result of the crash, an investigation that could have a far-reaching impact on the future of young adult driving.
Both of the major party candidates have responded to voter outrage over the affair. In a late-night tweet, Donald Trump stated,
Obama permits drivers under 25, and now someone is dead as a result! Shameful!
Hillary Clinton, trying to win over Sanders supporters, shared similar sentiments in a speech in Cleveland, Ohio:
We cannot put our young people into dangerous situations like this. If I am elected President, I will ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
And, as anyone who has read the Empoprise-BI business blog has already figured out, all of the preceding paragraphs were made up.
The first four paragraphs and the title were taken ALMOST verbatim from an article entitled Does A Fatal Crash Mean The End Of The Automated Driving Industry?. As you may know, a Tesla vehicle using Autopilot did crash, killing the (non) driver.
However, the PYMNTS article goes on to state that while automated driving resulted in this death, non-automated driving is also dangerous.
More than 30,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year on American roads...
So a knee-jerk reaction to ban automated driving will not necessarily make the roads safer. In fact, an argument could be made that such a ban could make the roads more dangerous.
Oh, and one more thing - the picture above was taken from a State Farm photo album dedicated to safe teen driving and education.