Self-Driving cars are here.
They hit the roads in the California and the UK on a preliminary basis starting in 2014, and they will be on the streets in the US by the year 2017. By the end of 2016, the DMV is supposed to have sorted out a plethora of new laws to go along with these.. semi-conscious vehicles.
I want to reiterate that these cars are already on the road, self-driving cars are here!
There are others in the run too. The google car doesn’t even have a steering wheel!
Consider the fact that the self-stopping safety feature, found in many luxury cars today, uses some of the same sensors required to make a car capable to “drive itself”. That same safety feature will eventually become a required safety feature on all cars manufactured. There is a lot more to making an autonomous car, but you can see where this is going. “Self-Driving” will become the latest and greatest in safety features and eventually that will become a standard safety feature just like seat-belts and air-bags.
It will be probably another 10 years before we can get into a car, fall asleep, and wake up at our destination, but when self-driving cars fully take over, there’s a few things that will change forever. Speed limits, cross walks, stop signs, stop lights, and even trains will all become obsolete. These cars are covered in sensors to detect people, animals, objects, as well as having the ability to instantly communicate with every other “smart” car out there, and relay information, and cross-check with other cars. There’s still a lot to do, but make no mistake, they are already here!