Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Does a fatal crash mean the end of young adult driving?

Would you ride in a car driven by a young adult?

Source, license

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.

Sort of.

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.
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