Driverless cars will soon be cruising the streets of Seattle, Washington. Advocates say the all-electric robotaxis, which will be guided by computerized sensors, are safer and more reliable than human drivers and will reduce carbon emissions. However, opponents question whether the vehicles can judge road conditions well enough to keep passengers and pedestrians safe. They say the sharp increase in demand for lithium batteries means more mining, a process that can harm both people and the environment. Listen to learn more about the controversy over autonomous vehicles and then debate: Are driverless cars a good idea?
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