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Google Driverless Cars: Freedom for the Disabled?



There have been many articles written about the potential benefits and pitfalls of Google's Driverless Cars. Most are written from a perspective of the ordinary, everyday driver.

Whether driverless cars ever receive mass adoption remains to be seen.

However, one scenario in which the benefits may strongly outweigh the risks are for those with certain disabilities.

Autism is just one example that comes to mind.

With the explosion of Autism across the United States, our society remains in the early stages of understanding how best to assist this segment of society and what implications lie ahead for current and future generations of adults.

The good news is that many people with Autism and other disabilities are living as adults more independently. Even so, one of the most pressing challenges is transportation. Drivers licenses are rarely an option.  Most are restricted to public transportation, hiring of private services or reliance on family and friends. Each of these tranportation methods comes with their own set of limitations and challenges including scheduling, security, cost, and time.

For many, Google Driverless Cars may be poised to take on these problems and allow those with disabilites an opportunity to live a more autonomous life with greater geographical freedom.

The benefits to both the person with the disability as well as those who assist with their care is difficult to overstate.

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