The Future of the TAC

Yesterday my partner got her vehicle registration notice. It includes a significant fee for the Traffic Accident Commission, 58% of what she pays goes to TAC. These funds go toward supporting victims of traffic crashes in the costs associated with recovering from traffic-related injury.

She noted that in the future when there are driverless cars, the need for this sort of fund will decrease. That the number of people dying or being injured on the roads will decrease with reduced human error. 

It might be hard to imagine self-driving cars being less accident prone but they are far more equipped to detect and respond to threats than our ability to process information on the road. Our brains only process 40 bits of information per second, computers by definition compute at a far faster rate than we do. Cars and driving them are huge parts of our identity, looking forward to getting your license when you’re young and dreading losing it when you’re old. It’s associated with freedom and independence.

Can you imagine the freedom of your car service picking you up and taking you to your destination like a taxi but without the stress of the potential for human error? Can you imagine having the option to choose a transport service that is social, where people actually talk to each other and want to talk to each other.

Can you imagine the point where the evidence of human error being so great that it starts a debate about if we should stop letting humans operate large machinery like cars? I wonder what will happen to the TAC then.



This post is day 21 of 45 posts for 45 years.

One thought on “The Future of the TAC

  1. As a pedestrian and non-driver i’ve honestly been looking forward to this for a long time, not just to remove the risk of human error but because I think we are implicitly self-interested beings. I’ve witnessed and also almost been injured in a number of near-misses whereby i’ve observed the split-second decision when a driver chooses to accelerate to ‘beat’ a pedestrian or cyclist for a perceived chance to overtake or pass, or simply to intimidate. My question is what is the wider implication? Obviously it’ll impact ancillary industries like auto mechanics & manufacturing. How will it impact police services? & what otherwise are the economic implications of the shift?

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