by John P. Thomas, Health Impact News
13 April 2018
Driverless cars are seen as the next big market potential for the automotive industry.
But before we get too excited about these driverless cars, we need to carefully consider the many levels of health risks involved with this technology, as well as the loss of privacy. Vehicle crashes and fatalities are minor concerns compared to potential human DNA damage and increased risks of cancer.
Now that the fifth generation (5G) of small microwave cell towers is being rolled out by telecom companies, their 5G press releases keep reminding us how their new technology will give us instantaneous internet downloads and will permit us to use driverless cars. [1, 2, 16]
Of course, these press releases never mention the potential health risks.
Driverless cars are already on the road in very small numbers as part of ongoing research and tests. But it is projected that within seven years, we will see a proliferation of driverless cars traveling down our roads.
There will also be very large numbers of cars with Driver Assist Systems (DAS), which supposedly help drivers avoid accidents. [3, 4]
DAS Technology: Computers Take Over – Privacy Gone
DAS equipped cars warn drivers when they start migrating out of their lane or get to close to another vehicle. DAS active cruise control can slow the car or speed it up depending on proximity to other vehicles on the road, and DAS cars can even take total control over the car to handle the sometimes-difficult process of parallel parking. 
Both DAS and driverless cars will require on-board computers and multiple on-board microwave radar systems. They will be tied into the 4G and 5G cell tower system through hotspot technology built into the car. The combination of vehicle hotspot antennas and 5G cell towers will allow vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. 
Eventually, this technology will even permit a central traffic control computer to manage traffic flow. These central computers could even be used to slow or speed up vehicles and even stop them if needed. This system will track the activity of every car on the road and even record information about who is driving the vehicles. 
From DAS to Driverless Cars – More Microwave Exposure
The main difference between driverless cars and DAS cars lies in the amount of technology that will be used.
Driverless cars will use much more technology. These cars will have visual scanning cameras, laser sensors, and lots of microwave radar systems. Self-driving cars may have up to 10 microwave radar systems using very high frequency radiation, but DAS cars also use microwave radar.
Each radar system will use a different frequency of microwaves in the Gigahertz spectrum and will broadcast that radiation in a specific direction. Multiple radar systems will be located in the front grill of the cars and will project microwave radiation in front of the vehicle.
The forward-facing radar systems will focus on detecting objects at various distances. Other microwave radar systems will focus on activity behind and beside the vehicle. 
Self-driving cars will transmit more microwave radar radiation than DAS cars, but both have radiation risks. Both will broadcast microwaves into the environment and microwaves will be reflected back toward vehicles. Microwaves pass through glass and enter vehicles.
Thus, passengers will constantly be irradiated by microwave radiation coming at them from their own vehicle and from other vehicles on the road. 
Whenever two cars with microwave radar come toward each other on a two-lane road, both vehicles will directly irradiate the people in the other vehicle.
When two vehicles with radar are following one another at a modest safe distance, the people in both vehicles will experience constant microwave radiation exposure from the forward looking or backward-looking radar beams.
This means that passengers in vehicles will be frequently exposed to microwave radar radiation from all directions unless they happen to be driving on a deserted road.
Even when they might be on an empty road, they will still have constant microwave radiation exposure from the hotspot antennas on their own vehicle in addition to their own on-board microwave Wi-Fi system.
If anyone in the car is using the Wi-Fi on their smart phone, tablet, or laptop, then they will constantly be bombarded by the microwaves coming from these devices.
Of course, let us not forget the constant level of background microwave radiation that enters cars from 3G, 4G, and 5G cell towers, and the microwave radiation from smart meter relay towers and from smart meters attached to homes near the road.
Cars Trap “Microwave Smog”
Cars are metal boxes, which encapsulate microwaves. Microwave signals are reflected off surfaces and bounce around inside vehicles. They are easily absorbed by human tissue.
So, even if you aren’t holding a smart phone close to your body, you are still being saturated with microwave radiation as your technology uses Wi-Fi to communicate with the cars hotspot transmitter. 
Microwaves that radiate from smart phones and other devices are like second-hand tobacco smoke. It is not only the person who is smoking or using the smart phone that is affected by the smoke or the microwaves, but everyone in the nearby environment is contaminated with the carcinogenic smoke or microwave smog. 
Microwave Smog Affects Bicyclists and Pedestrians
The microwave radar systems used in DAS and driverless cars can project microwave radiation for more than 750 feet in front of the vehicle and a similar distance behind the vehicle. They use a combination of short-range, medium-range, and long-range microwave radar systems at very high frequencies.
Each radar system uses different Gigahertz microwave frequencies much higher than current generation cell phones and Wi-Fi.
These frequencies have not been tested to prove they are safe for humans. No safety studies have been done to determine the dangers of constant exposure to multiple microwave frequencies.
This radiation penetrates glass in other vehicles and in nearby homes. It also penetrates the bodies of people in cars and on sidewalks. 
Every time a radar equipped vehicle moves along a street, it will irradiate people, animals, plants, and buildings. At a busy traffic intersection, the radiation of the environment will be constant.