Driverless Cars Will Put Half Our Cops Out of Work

Recently, the McKinsey Global Institute published an article that predicted self-driving cars will disrupt major parts of the economy. Positive numbers from the article, such as 90 percent of all accidents would be prevented and commuters would gain 50 minutes a day of free time, were trumpeted in the news.

The press also focused on industries that would be harmed by driverless cars. The two largest industries that McKinsey noted would be hurt are auto insurers and auto repair shops. McKinsey, however, missed one of the key ways in which self-driving cars will dramatically alter society: They will have a tremendous impact on police forces around the world, potentially cutting the need for them in half.

The most recent survey from 2011 shows that 31 million people were involuntarily stopped by the police during the year. More than 85 percent of those stops were traffic related.

The most likely reason people were pulled over for a traffic violation was speeding. Autonomous cars, programmed to obey all traffic rules, would eliminate the need for enforcement of speed limits, illegal turns, running stop signs and lights and many other traffic infractions if cars drove themselves.

La voiture sans conducteur ferait disparaître les contraventions, puisque les voitures seraient programmées pour toujours obéir aux lois…

Maintenant, vous savez pourquoi le Québec n’autorisera jamais les voitures sans conducteur; quand le Code de la route sera respecté de manière infaillible par les voitures, comment les policiers pourront-ils remplir leurs quotas de contraventions ?