Self driving cars…is it the future?

 

There will be levels of advancement in the process going from “no automation” to “full automation. Experts in the field estimate fully automated cars will be available to buy from 2020-2025.

It is predicted that the most common form of transport will be door to door virtual taxi, as it stands most families have their own car but from the predictions I am reading then only the few will have their own car and you will just summon a vehicle that will arrive and take you to your desired location…….I think I quite like the sound of this, no more designated drivers on a night out……..on the flip side, I like being able to take detours and the “ oh I’ll just pop to the shops whilst I’m here”, so this will take the spontaneity out of driving.

It definitely has it’s positives and negatives.

Will I be a driver or a passenger?

Dr Nick Reed says “If you want to drive an automated car and enjoy that, you’ll be able to. Or if you want to prepare for a business meeting during your two-hour journey, you’ll be able to do that too. Automation systems give us choices.”

I like the thought of having the choice however I know I’m a terrible back seat driver, I think I will always take the choice to drive myself, what would you do?

 

Will all cars be electric?

Another source says he does not think all cars will be fully automated by 2030, I imagine the cost of these cars is only  going to be affordable for the few, especially for at least the 1st 10 years.

The upfront cost I can only guess but will probably be beyond my affordability, however think of the long terms savings i.e. fuel. Some clever person is currently working on a  lithium-ion solid state battery that they hope will double the range of electric vehicles at half the cost of today’s batteries

 

Will there still be driving tests?

“Yes,” says Reed. “But they might be very different, with different layers. Just as you have an automatic and a manual gearbox test today, there might be an automated driving test which may only entitle you to ‘drive’ a certain type of vehicle that has certain automation systems, rather than any vehicle. Drivers will need to understand how to operate those systems – so there may also be different skills required as part of the test.”

So even in the future of fully automated cars there will still be a need for driving lessons, this must be a relief for driving instructors around the world….but not so for learner drivers.

Click here to how the Google driverless car works

Although some of this technology already exists i.e. self parking cars, for now and for probably at least the next 13 years we will need to do it the good old fashioned way…..

click here for more information on learning to drive with Surepass

 

So from this……

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to this….

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