Self driving cars are almost here and it looks very promising.
Imagine getting into your car, but instead of the driver’s seat, you go to the back seat to entertain yourself or family?
Instead of checking your mirrors you are checking your gadget on news, email, or entertainment. No more “Are we there yet?” but instead you’ll hear “Can I change the channel?” You could take the scenic route and actually are able to take your eyes off the road and check out what’s going on outside your windows for an unlimited time.
Current technology is not yet ready for this kind of interface but it has been gaining ground every day. Tesla and Google are coming up with newer technology all the time to make this dream a reality.
The benefits from an autonomous vehicle is that the computer can drive the car with efficiency so individual automotive components are controlled to get the best mileage and best route.
The computer can react a lot faster than a human behind the wheel for when emergencies crop up while driving. Stopping reaction time would be reduced to almost instant stopping as well as collision avoidance reaction and checking time would be instant.
The idea of safety and convenience of an autonomous vehicle abounds. The ability to decrease or even eliminate traffic collisions would be a factor in the autonomous vehicle idea.
If enough people had autonomous vehicles, the speed limits could be increased due to the safety features of the car. People would be able to get to their destinations safer and faster without the stress of being behind the wheel.
It’s the equivalent of the cruise control of Kitt behind the show “Knight Rider.” Instead of stopping to rest, you can be assured you could sleep while the computer safely drives the car to your destination safely and quickly.
For my frequent trips to California from Washington state, I could theoretically have the whole family and myself in the cab of the van, tell the computer the address that I want it to go to, and watch television, listen to the radio, check my phone, check my email, video chat, have dinner or a snack, and not have to look through the windshield.
I would be able to rely on the computer system to take me to my destination to see my parents in San Jose and have a great time doing it. I won’t have to find a way to stay awake late at night or pull over to a hotel/motel.
Instead of wanting to go to sleep when I get to San Jose, I’d be rested and able to socialize with my parents and do some translating since my parents speak Portuguese.
Flying is for the birds! Security checkpoints, standing in lines, and waiting to take a flight in cramped quarters doesn’t sound very comfortable for me. An autonomous vehicle will take me there in the comfort of my own automobile. And I’m sure to know that my vehicle will not lose my luggage at baggage claim.
Grand Canyon University