The end of driving?
I read an interesting article; the headline rang out, “The end of driving? Why children born today will never drive a car.” The landscape of roadways, freeways, traffic, cars, automobiles, buses, and the transportation industry are about to be forever changed.
The auto industry has wrapped itself around self-driving cars. Audi recently announced that it plans to put a fully automated vehicle on the market within the next three years. According to Henrik Christensen, the director of the University of San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, the current technological advances in the auto industry means that by the time today’s toddler’s are of a driving age they will more likely than not ever get to drive behind the wheel. Christensen was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribute in December 2016 that “my own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.” He further went on to say that “autonomous, driverless cars are 10,15 years out. All the automotive companies- Daimler, GM Ford, are saying that within 5 years, they will have autonomous, driverless cars on the road.”
There is also a push not just from the auto industry for self driving cars, but as well from ride share services, such as Lyft and Uber. They are also gearing up for promoting self autonomous vehicle technology, where cars drive themselves and have anti-collision technology, where accidents are a thing of the past. Uber recently tested self driving cars on a limited program in Pittsburgh, PA.
The technology will also mean the elimination of many jobs; the group classification includes, bus drivers, taxi cab drivers, truck drivers, courier services, ambulance drivers, may all find themselves on the unemployment line as vehicles have the technology to drive themselves.
Think we are talking about “The Jetsons,” the popular cartoon series from the 60’s? Think again. It’s coming, and maybe sooner than you think. Tesla, Audi and Mercedes-Benz all have high end vehicles with the self driving technology right now. The landscape of the automotive industry and our transportation system is going to be dramatically different 20 years from now, than what we have experienced all our lives for anyone born since 1920 until now.
For more information on this fascinating topic, go to www.ibtimes.com
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