Autonomous Cars Could Spark a Religious Revival Among American Youths
Fri, December 3, 2021

Autonomous Cars Could Spark a Religious Revival Among American Youths

Americans are drifting away from religion due to societal pressures and more / Photo Credit: Africa Studio (via Shutterstock)


Timothy Beal of English-language daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal found that 44% of American youths said they have no specific religious affiliation, as cited by Lance Eliot of business news Forbes. The US may be drifting away from religion because of social pressures to avoid being affiliated with religions, the tension between religious and scientific disciplines, qualms about religious perspectives on gender or sex, and more. 

Such concerns could be addressed if the youth were informed about “today’s religions and religious options open to them.” If young Americans have greater and easier access to religious information and teachings, then they are more likely to join in established religions. But could self-driving cars spark a renewed religious interest among American youth? 

True self-driving cars (Level 4 and 5) are driven entirely by AI without any human assistance. These types of self-driving cars may make more young Americans interested in religions as these vehicles are associated with greater time and access to engage in religious learning. You’ll have nothing to do in the car since the AI will do all the driving. Self-driving cars are going to be implemented with wireless communications, providing you with high-speed internet access during your travels. 

With internet access, it’s possible to stream religious content and teachings. Or better yet, you can set up interactive sessions that enable passengers in a driverless car in Iowa to communicate with other people in a self-driving in another location. Aside from that, self-driving cars can help broaden mobility, making it easier for people to get from point A to point B. For instance, if someone has not gone to church for years, they could easily go there by taking advantage of a ride-sharing driverless car. 

A religious entity might negotiate with a driverless car ridesharing service to go around and fetch people who are interested in participating in a religious event or rally, giving them a free lift. Religious could also purchase or lease a fleet of self-driving cars. Even if self-driving vehicles could ignite the interests of young Americans in religion, we have to remember that these cars are not solely used for religious matters.