Autonomous driving is supposed to ensure passengers are driven safely around the city and over country roads and highways as if by magic. They can chat with one another, watch films, and even sleep on longer trips.
It is not just automotive engineers who have been intrigued by the dream of fully autonomous driving since the 1950s, all of mankind has. So when is it going to become reality?
Full autonomous driving typically applies to vehicles or transport systems that are self-driving and that operate without the involvement of a human driver. Up next we’re going to tell you what autonomous driving could look like.
Shipping and Delivery
Alphabet has been transporting products between its Waymo and Google divisions using self-driving cars for some time. Its autonomous vehicle unit is also working to build self-driving trucks that are ideal for commercial shipping.
Waymo is affiliated with the vehicle manufacturers Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover. It has been buying and upgrading vast quantities of vehicles to grow its self-driving fleet exponentially.
Food delivery service DoorDash revealed that it is partnering with General Motors to explore the delivery of food and groceries in San Francisco using self-driving vehicles.
DoorDash has built a system to transfer food from merchants to autonomous vehicles, then alert buyers when purchases are on the brink of delivery.
Ridesharing services such as Lyft have had a huge effect on urban mobility now. As regulated taxis no longer have dominance, the value of taxi medallions in major cities has declined now that customers can catch rides with an app.
Companies have been working actively to create a viable autonomous vehicle. They have also been collaborating with carmakers to make it happen as the financial benefits are clear for the company.
The driver (and their car) cost for an estimated 75 percent of the cost of the ride in the current ridesharing business model. Removing the driver will make ridesharing substantially cheaper.
As many trips might become less expensive than the standard public transport fare, that would likely broaden the market.
Gas Stations/Convenience Stores
Because autonomous vehicles will be capable of running themselves without any passengers, when no one wants them, the vehicles will ultimately be able to fill up on breaks like late at night.
This is likely to have an effect on gas stations and convenience store chains that rely on consumers coming in to pick up a coffee or snack when they put gas in their car. They not only have to worry about that, but also electric cars.
Since drivers will not need to pump gas, gas stations will not be necessary at busy intersections. And filling and recharging will probably be placed in areas where real estate is less costly.
Travel and Tourism
Ultimately, the rise of autonomous driving is expected to have a huge effect on the wider travel and tourism industry, in particular, airlines and hotels.
As autonomous vehicles can make transportation cheaper, quicker, and simpler, more weekend trips to nearby destinations would probably be encouraged.
This would enable travelers to easily travel to a city, beach, ski area, or some other great place in a few hours.
For hotels and companies like Airbnb that often have accommodation, more visitors and increased tourism should be a bonus. More frequent travel could even help restaurants.
Autonomous driving is just one of the developments in technology that will surely change our world and society.
For everyone to experience a world of autonomous driving without worry, developers must ensure that such vehicles are safe. Once they get that safety down, autonomous driving will be everywhere.