While Google continues to test prototypes for self-driving cars, wanting to perfect the concept before releasing, many other companies are looking into incremental automation, meaning that we could start seeing self-driving cars on the roads as early as 2020. Incremental automation means that people will still need to perform some driving tasks, but other tasks will be taken on by the car itself, making the road a safer place to be all around.
The vast majority (as high as 90%) of vehicle accidents are the result of human error. As many as 50 million people sustain injuries as a result of vehicle accidents every year, an additional 1.3 million die from collisions. Self driving cars will help to drastically reduce the amount of human interaction while driving, thereby reducing the human error and number of accidents.
According to a recent article by Business Insider, there are several things that must happen before self-driving cars become a reality:
- Autopilot for cars: including accelerating, decelerating, steering, and lane changes
- Self parking
- Traffic jam protocol for when things back up
Would you like to travel in a self-driving car? What are the pros and cons you see to this developing technology?