Auto accidents will be rarer than lightning strikes. Cars will be ultra reliable; as safe for travel as tap water is for drinking.
Traffic jams will be fewer — and traffic won’t matter much anyway since you’ll be using that time productively.
Cubicles will be obsolete. Your car will be a mobile office, an extension of your home, and a car—all wrapped into one.
Look at how single-purpose landline telephones have developed into multi-dimensional cell phones. So too are cars evolving—as we speak.
Your driverless car will take you from place to place. But you won’t be driving it. You’ll be getting office work done while it drives you. You’ll have one extra hour of productive time every day—an hour you don’t have currently because you use it to drive yourself.
Cars will be parked on the sides of buildings. They’ll be ultra fast. Technologies currently being developed may actually get us up to land speeds of 4000-5000mph.
Mankind has been dreaming about driverless cars for a long time. And now a company has dedicated itself to spearheading the effort. Not just any company. A big one. Google.
When I heard that Google’s been working diligently on their driverless car, my ears perked up. They received a patent, and also the obligatory bad press. Driverless cars are getting ready to roll. Soon.
And ‘soon’ means… WHEN?
My best guess is that most of us will be traveling hands-free in 10-15 years (at least, we’ll have the option; how many choose to is another story).
Ford thinks I’m off by a wide margin. Ford predicts self-driving, traffic-reducing cars will be mainstream by 2017—and their opinion matters, since they’re working on a technology called Traffic Jam Assist which may end up being the de facto standard in driverless car safety.
Five years. Insane. I applaud Ford’s ambition. I hope they prove my estimates wrong.
Have I piqued your interest? Good. Wait til I show you what the future holds — not only in writing but in full-color concept art straight from the mind of yours truly, Ersan Seer. Just think of me as your tour guide for the future. 🙂
The Advent of Driverless Cars
Let’s start this journey 10-15 years from now, as driverless cars become widely affordable and popular. This monumental new technology will restructure our lives in exciting ways. What kind of changes can you expect? Read on.