So there has been a lot of hype about the driverless car. Google have launched trials of the self-driving cars in California and legislation was passed in numerous states in the US to allow them to be operated. Pittsburgh in the US have a trial that if an Uber car is requested, a self-driving car may be allocated to the customer.
Nissan have also developed the Intelligent Mobility car which is expected to drive and park itself.
There is certainly a lot of investment from manufacturers and companies to make the driverless car a success. But will it ever replace the traditional car?
What happens if the driverless car is involved in a collision? Can you blame the computer? The law would dictate that an “operator” would be behind the wheel of the car and can take control in the vent the computer fails. Would they need a full driving license?
Over the past century, innovation has smoothly followed innovation; it is likely, however, that the next stage will be a paradigm shift rather than a marginal gain. The next empty space, or the one after, is likely to be filled by the ultimate driverless machine.
Anthony Levandowski, who built Google’s first self-driving car and is now the vice-president at Uber for self-driving cars has said it could take the technology a long time to penetrate and become mainstream. It could take 25 years.
Driverless cars, hopefully not in the too distant future…30.09.16 Archive