GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 326
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
It will be better for society and individuals if driverless cars are widely used.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is argued that the widespread use of autonomous vehicles is a boon for the community and people. This essay totally agrees with this statement because self-driving cars improve safety and productivity, facilitate leisure pursuits, decrease traffic jams and harmful emissions as well.
Adopting autonomous vehicles will enhance safety to a great extent. At present, the substantial majority of accidents are taken place by human error; but this would be entirely eliminated because these vehicles use laser radar, infrared radar, as well as cameras, sophisticated motion sensors, extremely accurate GPS (global positioning system), and complex algorithms in a system whereby all automobiles are automatically updated on the presence of other automobiles. This will mean that incidents like the destruction of drunk driving, impaired driving, unbelted vehicle occupants, distraction and speeding become a matter of the past, thus saving hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, for example, makes a formal announcement that its ‘Auto Pilot’ system has logged over 20 million miles with just one accident.
Apart from safety, driver-less automated cars will offer more spare time, improved productivity. In simple words, without the need to drive, individuals will be able to be more productive while travelling by car in lieu of keeping their eyes on the street all the time. For instance, the ability to do tasks in the car on the way to work can enhance personal productivity. Or, they will be able to unwind in the car after work instead of waiting to get home to do it. Besides, the technology these vehicles use would make certain that they optimize their routes to avoid traffic congestion, which would not just save time for the working population but cut emissions caused by idling engines. According to a study conducted by Mckinsey, for example, when driverless vehicles take over the roads, people around the world will save a combined one billion hours to do with as they want.
In conclusion, automated vehicles will obviously be a real blessing for both society and individuals because they guarantee better safety, offer more leisure time, enhance productivity as well as reduce traffic congestion and toxic emissions.