DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Zero traffic fatalities in just 30 years. The Obama administration announced the ambitious goal today—saying self-driving cars and new technology can make the roadways safer. Still, many motorists in North Texas remain skeptical.READ MORE: Bomb Cyclone Off Pacific-Northwest Had The Pressure Of A Category 4 Hurricane
“I think that’s overly optimistic yeah,” says Rich Bye. Although Bye says he is a fan of the driverless technology, he doubts if we will ever see American streets navigated completely by driverless vehicles. “No, because humans aren’t built that way. It won’t happen. It won’t happen.”
Meanwhile, Blake Lindsay is already saving for his own driverless vehicle—not because they will be safer than current models. But, because the self-driving cars will give him access. And freedom.
“I’m excited because I’m totally blind,” says Lindsay. “These cars are going to make a huge difference in a person who’s blind to be able to get around and be much more independent. I don’t know what we won’t be able to do after that.”
Lindsay, communications director for Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, already leads a pretty active life. “I’ve been able to sky dive. I like to snow ski. I like to water ski. I like to horseback ride. I like to work!”READ MORE: Man Wanted For Allegedly Attacking CVS Employee At Dallas Store
The Dallas nonprofit agency provides jobs and support for the visually impaired so they can lead independent lives. Lindsay says technology like talking directions when he is walking to an unfamiliar location has already opened so many doors for the visually impaired. Why not roadways as well?
Still, the driverless technology has not yet been perfected. The vehicles are already on the road and the failures and crashes have raised concerns.
“Let’s slow it down a little bit,” says Mark Molthan, whose self-driving vehicle crashed on a Kaufman county highway earlier this year, “or let people know that they’re a test pilot for a technology that’s not perfect.”
And while Lindsay agrees that automakers are still fine tuning the driverless technology, he can’t wait to get one in his driveway. “It’s not a fantasy anymore… when I was 8 years old, it was a fantasy. Now, it’s a reality. We see it taking place.”MORE NEWS: Texas Rolls Out Plan To Vaccinate 5 To 11-Year-Olds Against COVID-19
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