Automated Vehicles Will Change How We Work – Driverless Cars (Part 3/6)
This article is the third in a series about driverless, autonomous cars—that is, cars with the intelligence and technology to drive themselves (and you) safely to your destination—and how these vehicles will completely change your notion of travel, work and home.
Driving is a tremendous waste of time. Driverless cars will allow us to be productive while traveling.
Efficiency is important to you. While working on a project, you’re wondering to yourself, “How can I make this process go smoother next time, so I can get it done quicker?”
In this Age of Access and Distraction, we’re trying to cram more and more into our daily lives. Turns out there’s an upper limit to how much your brain can process. Time is getting more valuable.
Enter automated vehicles. On average, automated vehicles will free up nearly an hour of productive time each day by allowing you to work while traveling—a fact auto makers will be sure to exploit in their advertisements.
Driving is a tremendous waste of time. It forces us to wait, to engage primarily in the act of driving, for the duration of our trip.
Future generations will look back and think, “that was the period in history where travel was manual. How prehistoric.” (Kind of like how you feel while waiting for grandma to find a phone number in her pocketbook.).
In the near future, you won’t just be working while traveling; you’ll be traveling while working.
I’ll explain what I mean.
At the core of this prediction is a simple premise: since travel will be more productive, trips can become longer. A lot longer.
Today, a typical “workday” entails 30 minutes of travel to work, 8 hours of working in one spot, and 30 minutes of travel home.
But a typical workday a few decades from now?
8am: Leave home in Denver, Colorado. Work for 4 hours in your mobile office (automated vehicle), as you travel at 300mph to Sacramento, California.
12pm: Lunch with important client in Sacramento.
5pm: Home in time for dinner.
What will you be able to do inside the automated vehicle while it travels?
Strange and wondrous things. Or, at least, anything you can do at home. Read on.
Read the next post →
Driverless Cars (Part 4/6): Automated Cars Will Redefine “Home”
Start from the beginning →
Driverless Cars (Part 1/6): Google’s Cars Will Change Everything
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