Autonomous cars may sound a bit far-fetched, but the truth is that our cars are gradually becoming more autonomous. Many car companies have developed technology that allows a car to park itself and sense other objects, cars, and pedestrians. Analysts predict that autonomous or self-driving cars are the next step and that we’ll see self-driving cars in showrooms across the country in as little as seven years. However, this new technology brings up a few issues including a higher cost to the consumer, the need for more advanced infrastructure and possible safety and hacking concerns.
Users will be expected to pray a premium for autonomous cars; they are expected to cost at least three thousand dollars more than average cars. Given the current state of the economy, it may be hard to convince consumers to spring the extra money; polls conducted by J.D Powers showed that only 20% of buyers would be willing to pay the extra amount despite the fact that 37% indicated interest in driving such a vehicle. Auto manufacturers are more likely to appeal to more buyers if they can keep costs down. Many features that were considered once luxuries such as navigation systems and USB connectivity have made their way in even the most affordable cars.
The infrastructure is currently not in place to support autonomous cars. In addition to designing sensor systems that can detect other vehicles and objects, they will also need to come up with a universal system that will enable cars to communicate with one another. This may show to be an issue if many of the cars on the road will remain traditional cars. In addition to sensing other vehicles, cars will also need to be able to interpret traffic lights, signs and guard rails.
There will always be safety concerns when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Hacking and viruses could be a possible concern if the cars will rely on computers to communicate. Security will need to be revamped since one breach could lead to havoc.
Also, there will always be automotive enthusiasts who enjoy driving for the sake of driving. They enjoy controlling the car, steering and may find driving relaxing, soothing and fun. These people may never convert to autonomous vehicles.
Benefits of autonomous vehicles include a decrease in accidents and less mental stress. A large majority of car accidents occur due to driver error; autonomous vehicles would be much safer since everything will be computer controlled. Drivers will also find it much more relaxing to read a book or surf on their laptops without having to navigate through traffic after a long day at work. Only time will tell if autonomous cars can truly become a reality within the next decade.
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If you are planning to rent a people mover, it’s a good idea to find a place that specializes in van hire. While many car hire places often offer these services, they may only have one or two in their fleet to offer.
Ask questions about the age of the vehicle, the kilometers it has done and its regular safety checks.
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