Re: How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars (Editorial, August 1, 2019)
As an 18 year old student at Rowan University who enjoys traveling to different cities around the country. Like many others that like to travel, one thing remains apparent; pedestrian rules are loosely followed by the city’s
population. A major occurrence in these cities is called Jaywalking. Jaywalking is dangerous since these people have no control over the flow of traffic and cannot make the distinction between a yielding car and one that is careening down the road. With the introduction of autonomous cars into today’s society, that only aggravates the problem. With today’s autonomous technology, having a car make the split second decision to slam on the brakes to yield for a pedestrian is such a far fetched idea, and would endanger the public at large. The original concept of the automobile was for an operator to be behind the wheel controlling the cars every movement. Cars are meant to be operated by people, not robots, to make the whole world a much safer place.