By Bryson Ivey
Self-driving cars go all the way back to 1920, the year when they first began experimenting with them. Trials for creating self-driving cars began in the 1950’s and development hasn’t ceased. The first true self-driving car appeared in 1980 at Carnegie Mellon University’s NAVlab. Mercedes Benz was also trying to create an autonomous car in 1987. There are many benefits of self-driving cars: one of them is that there would be decreased traffic congestion, because it would reduce the amount of drivers with selfish behavior who always want to cut in and get in front of everybody. If you want to purchase an autonomous car you would have to spend about $35,000. Tesla has a vehicle that has autopilot which steers and brakes for you, so it isn’t fully driverless, but those are supposed to come out around 2020. People are creating self-driving cars because it will save people money and time. It will save time because you could be working while your car is running your errands for you, like picking up your kids. It will save money because they are very good on fuel consumption, up to 60% more efficient, because they don’t constantly change speeds, which increases the use of gas.