[2015] Stephanie Tarape (Grade 8 2015): Impacts of Automation On The Environment, Economy, And Socie

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[2015] Stephanie Tarape (Grade 8 2015): Impacts of Automation On The Environment, Economy, And Socie

Impacts of Automation on the Environment, Economy, and Society

Submitted to: Ms.BerardiSubmitted By: Stephanie Tarape

Automated Metro

Social Aspects

Economical Aspects

Environmental Aspects



How was the task accomplished before it was automated?The desired task of trains and automated trains is to transports a vast amount of people to different destinations. Before automation, trains were driven by people; Conductors, through tunnels and various tracks. In some cases, conductors can experience various problems. For example, trains may be late, due to delays and unloading or loading passengers from other stations. Also, conductors may be driving above to safety limit, causing passengers to be at risk for injuries. The interior of trains may not be updated to fit the satisfaction of the people in the twentieth century because of the vandalism, scratches, and various litters on the floor. The train may be overpopulated causing people to stand and more accidents to happen. In addition, trains can lose their power and passengers may be stuck in the situation for a number of minutes or hours. Thus, creating the impression of trains to be overwhelming. When boarding the train, there is a gap and a yellow line indicating to not cross over it, for safety motives, but some do not follow this by dropping belongings on to tracks or intentional injuries.

Now, computer technicians, mechanics, and members of the government have designed new and improved trains. Replacing the conductor, the train is run by a computer and technicians who monitor the trains’ directions, status, and present and future problems. Some passengers may feel uncomfortable with the fact of no conductor, but companies have placed train captains to assist passengers in case of emergencies. In other scenarios, the automated train may stop unexpectedly, so captains can communicate through walkie talkies with the communication room. If the communication room is unresponsive, there is a manual system where captains can drive the train to destinations. The interior of the train has been modernized by creating air conditioning; walk through carriages, large amounts of space, wider doors, and custom seating for expecting mothers and handicapped passengers. Stations carry a platform screen door to prevent any loss of belongings in the tracks or intentional injuries.

Facts About Automated Trains

Automated trains are built to fit economic standards to reduce the use of unrenewable products. A benefactor includes, the trains’ light source is energy efficient. For example, the headlights and the rim of lights around doors; change colours to its status, green when it’s open and a transition of colours when closing, are powered by LED lights. Since the train has expanded, fewer trains will need to be built initiating additional free and valuable space in which communities can use. Unlike regular trains, automated trains use reusable products that other companies discard of. The materials that are used are resistant to vandalism, scratches, and other effects that destruct it.

Automated trains can produce negative and positive impacts on society. Firstly, there will be a high demand on construction workers, mechanics, and computer technicians to build and to start the train. Also, companies reuse unwanted materials which are cheaper than others. Once operating, there will be a decrease of human laboured cost due to the computerised technology. When building a minimum amount of trains, extra space is created in which more people can move into communities and buy valuable space. Although jobs can decrease, companies offer to transfer workers to other train stations with no automated trains or to be a train captain to assist passengers. With the decreasing rate of workers, there is no extra cost for human labour. With the efficiency of trains, there will be an increasing rate of people paying for tickets and cards.

Automated trains affect communities to satisfy their needs to be more efficient. Statistics show that people use trains less in the summer time due to vacations and other effects, but to draw more people in, they have created air-conditioning. To expand and to draw more passengers, companies have created walkthrough carriages to distribute more passengers to reduce overcapacities, causing arrival times to be more predictable. Passengers use the train to travel to jobs and to socialize with others, but have no ways to communicate, although automated trains have WIFI to benefit with the problem. In some trains, they have designed specific areas to fit different people, for example, there is an area for expecting mothers and handicapped passengers.

When building the train, the use of electricity and energy is major, thus, creating power outages. Also, when building the train, the use of unrenewable products can be molded to certain parts and there may be a major misuse of materials which may be discarded of. In some scenarios, construction can affect the environment with its pollution from machines and destruct animals’ and green space lands.

Automation of trains can impact communities by having the loss of jobs. Onboard, if the communication to the control panel is lost, the train will arrive to a dead stop, causing people to panic. When communities are familiar with the system, less staff will be aboard causing passengers to be worried if a failure occurs.

When having an automated train, there will be an excessive amount of job loss due to the computerization. Now, not all trains are refurnished to be automated but will take action around 2022 worldwide due to countries’ wealth. When creating the trains, there is extra landscape which can lead to growing populations, meaning there is a demand of supplies. Although, governments may not give the money to manufacture certain supplies due to the fact of money spent on the train. Also, when paying the workers, there will be a high demand of money given.


In conclusion, the automation of trains has revolutionized society for the better. The positives in this situation dominate the negatives by benefiting societys’ and people’s needs as its top priority. Nevertheless, train companies should offer more job opportunities for people that have been replaced with computers to have a balance with technology and human interaction.


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