Instead of falling apart after a single crash, now we all have cars that are completely indestructible. Would there be fewer fatalities caused by car accidents?
What would indestructible cars be made of? And could it end up being a bad thing?
Every year, nearly 1.25 million people die in car accidents around the world. That’s an average of 3,200 deaths every day.
In the United States alone, over 2 million people become injured or disabled from car accidents each year. It’s no secret roads can be dangerous if you’re not careful. So would an indestructible car be able to solve all these issues?
First, we need to decide what our vehicles would be made of. They could all be Cybertrucks.
These are made out of a type of stainless steel alloy, which is the same material used in space ships. But is it nuke proof?
Eh, probably not. We would want our cars to be completely indestructible, meaning that if we were to throw a nuke at one, it would be the only thing left standing.
Or we could all drive around in U.S. presidential limos, which are essentially driveable tanks that are completely bulletproof. The only issue with them is, they cost about $1 million per car.
Instead, we’d most likely take the materials used in the Cybertruck, and coat them with a substance known as graphene. This rare material is one of the strongest known to man, and is 200 times stronger than steel. Although it might not be nuke proof, it would be pretty close.
Now we have our indestructible vehicle. What would this do for accidents on the road? Well, your car would be completely fine, and you’d be paying a lot less in insurance. But just because your vehicle is indestructible doesn’t mean you are.
Sure, fatalities and injuries for passengers would certainly be reduced. Having indestructible vehicles means your car won’t explode, and there would be less flying debris everywhere.
But that won’t stop you from being flung and tossed around if you did happen to get into an accident. And what about people who aren’t in vehicles?
With indestructible cars roaming around, pedestrians would have to be much more careful, as getting hit by one of these would certainly mean death. SUV’s are already some of the deadliest cars for pedestrians so having roads lined with big trucks like this could only result in more pedestrian deaths.
On the other hand, injuries inside of indestructible cars would be significantly reduced. So that’s a good thing, but what might not be so good is the fact that these things last forever.
And by forever, we mean it. Literally. We’re not talking 100 or 1,000 years, we mean until the end of time.
Instead of a car lasting for 10-20 years, it could be passed down through all generations of your family. No more car breakdowns and spending thousands of dollars on repairs.
This all sounds like a great What If! Not much bad could come out of this scenario, right? But wait. That’s not all. Things could end up being very bad. Come on, you knew this was coming.
With indestructible cars, there’s one thing we need to think about. How would we get rid of these things? You might be thinking “why would we need to do that?”
But let’s face it, even if we had cars that would never break, we’d still want to buy new ones. You buy a new phone or new clothes when you don’t need them, so wouldn’t that apply to vehicles?
Not only that, but car manufacturers would be enticing us to buy new cars every year, as each iteration would implement new features that we didn’t have previously. So now that we’re buying new cars, what would we do with our old ones?
Right now, in the United States, over 12 million cars are recycled, each year. And we’re lucky enough that 86% of a car can be recycled from the steel to the plastic.
They’re all melted down to be used for new cars. This is much better for the environment, as less water and pollutants are used when making the new car.
Since we can’t recycle these old indestructible cars, and brand new cars would still be made, it would create much more damage to the environment. These old cars would have to sit in a landfill somewhere.
Luckily you could save them for new drivers. But eventually, so many people would buy new cars that there would be more cars than people in certain parts of the world.
This number would slowly increase as there’s just no way to get rid of these indestructible cars. If we kept on manufacturing them, they’d eventually take over all the space we have on Earth.
So having these indestructible cars might sound useful, but it would ultimately do more harm than good. A better approach would be to power all our cars with electricity instead of gas.
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