Remember the time when you used to be a kid. The time when you envisioned what the future would look like in terms of housing, cars, and even the general appearance of people? The time for technology to fully integrate into our lives is now, and with cars that can drive themselves, those images you thought of as a child are most likely very similar to what we have in store in the next year or two. You should know that the Driver-less cars can park for you. They can stop the entire car for you and even make your trip more fuel efficient. While there are some people who still think that having a car or truck that can totally operate without any human effort. However, the more you learn about them and their benefits. The more you get eager to buy one for your day to day commutes.
Here are 10 ways that driver-less cars will improve our lives:
A residual benefit of driverless cars could be a reduction in crime. Sometimes, criminals use cars to elude capture. It will be harder to manage a driverless car for criminal purposes. If all vehicles are connected to a regional transportation grid, it might become impossible to use one in the commission of a crime. Furthermore, the driverless cars will surely eliminate the cases of auto theft with advanced security. Your driverless vehicle might be accessible through fingerprint recognition only, making it extremely difficult to steal.
2. New Vehicle Designs
Driverless cars could open the doors for all new vehicle aesthetics. Since its creation, the motor vehicle has been designed with the driver in mind. Future vehicles could replace a front windshield with a wrap-around touch screen for entertainment purposes. Passengers can sit facing sideways or backward. Electric vehicles can put motors and battery packs in various locations around the vehicle, so the overall shape of cars in the future could completely change. Driverless cars may even come to resemble rail cabins that allow passengers to take a nap or enjoy a meal.
3. Lower Municipal Costs
A transportation sector dominated by driverless cars could drastically reduce municipal costs. Most of the traffic signals and signage on the roads are for drivers: turn here, stop ahead, etc. With driverless cars, these signs are pointless. A connected vehicle can already tap into road conditions and make course corrections electronically without the need for visual cues on the road. There are also fewer errors with driverless cars. Therefore, there will be less need for diverted traffic and road maintenance that results from accidents. In the near future, highways could have fewer signs for driving directions and more advertisements for passengers.
4. More Parking Space
Access Magazine estimated that there are 722 million parking spaces in America. That conservative estimate takes up 0.64 percent of all U.S. land space. A driverless future could reduce the number of parking spaces nationwide. Your car could take you to work in the morning and then automatically return to your home. You can then use your mobile smart phone to summon the vehicle when it’s time to go home at the end of the day. A smart car with driverless technology could circle the block while you do your grocery shopping and scoop you up afterward.
People already multitask while driving on the road. We try to squeeze more and more activities into our commutes such as talking on the phone, personal hygiene, and texting. The U.S. Department of Transportation has found that approximately 660,000 drivers are using mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving. A driverless car will give you the opportunity to finish up job proposals, text friends, and spend more time multitasking. People will be able to pre-program their journey and use that time more effectively for their own pursuits.
6. Higher Speeds
Driverless cars will take you to your destination much faster than cars driven by humans. Similar to high-speed rail, driverless vehicles that are connected electronically can safely maintain higher speeds. This could completely transform the way we commute between cities. Another way we could reach higher speeds is by redesigning the vehicle. By taking out the driver’s seat, automakers can put larger, more powerful engines inside the car. Every driverless car could rival the speeds of a supercar and allow you to reach your destination faster than ever before.
7. Safer Transportation
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver every single day. A driverless future will almost certainly be a safer one. Driverless cars can make hundreds of calculations per second and quickly make changes in acceleration and braking. There are already vehicles on the road that have autonomous braking that can stop the vehicle without the driver’s input if an object is detected by onboard sensors. Most researchers believe that driverless cars will have fewer errors than human drivers and create safer road conditions for motorists and pedestrians alike.
8. Environmental Benefits
Transportation on roads and highways is responsible for producing five billion tons of CO2 each year. One of the first vehicles available with driverless technology will be the Tesla Model 3. It’s an all-electric vehicle, paving the way for other companies to create similar cars. The world with more electric driverless vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even without electric vehicles, driverless cars will use less fuel. If the vehicles are connected electronically, there will be less stopping and starting, which will keep emissions on the road at record low levels.
9. Less Stress
Driving in dense traffic and commuting to and from work can really stress you out. A 2014 study by the UK Office of National Statistics found that a daily commute “have lower life satisfaction. They have a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile. Furthermore, they also tend to have lower levels of happiness and more anxiety on average than any non-commuter. Average happiness levels begin to fall and anxiety levels begin to rise after the first 15 minutes of the commute to work. Then, the worst effects of commuting on personal well-being are experienced on average by those whose journey to work lasts between 61 and 90 minutes”. Driverless cars will improve your health and lower stress levels because the cars on the road will travel in a more stable pattern.
10. Less Traffic
Driverless cars present the opportunity for less traffic on the road. One way to produce less traffic is for people to commute together in shared driverless vehicles. People will also drive less frequently simply for the joy of driving. That will keep the number of people on the road to a minimum. Also, developers are working on “connected vehicle” technology that allows onboard vehicle computers to link up. This technology will allow vehicles to choose less congested routes and prevent accidents from happening. When vehicles communicate and work on automation, they are less likely to experience errors of judgment. Fewer errors lead to an easier flow of traffic.