In the future, people may be banned from driving when 100% autopilot technology in cars is common and this is to avoid causing interference and accidents for “communicating” autonomous vehicles.
In recent years, the development of fully self-driving vehicles by car manufacturers around the world seems to have fallen behind, at least compared to the original plan. However, driver assistance technologies are becoming more and more common in new vehicles. One example is adaptive cruise control, which can be considered a top option, and many car buyers today consider it a necessity.
Other features like keep/lane assist were considered revolutionary when they first appeared on the Tesla Model S in late 2014, but are now commonplace. With the rapid advances in self-driving technology, many believe that it is only a matter of time before all the cars on the road can drive themselves and communicate with each other.
In a new report titled “Autonomous Cars, Axis Robots & Sensors 2022-2042”, IDTechEx has given a look at the future of autonomous cars. The unit says autonomous vehicles are not as distracted as humans are by phones or passengers. The company also believes that the evolving 5G connectivity will allow self-driving vehicles to receive a wealth of real-time information about their surroundings.
IDTechEx estimates that with current developments, autonomous vehicles could meet or exceed the same level of security as humans, by 2024 at the earliest. If growth rates are sustained, the report suggests by 2046, Self-driving cars can meet the total travel demand of the US, equivalent to 3,000 billion kilometers per year.
Then, by 2050, autonomous vehicles could theoretically meet all of the world’s transportation needs, while causing fewer accidents. In the process, IDTechEx predicts that in many countries, human driving on public roads will be banned to avoid accidents, conflicts, or interference with autonomous vehicles that communicate with each other.
However, the main problem that IDTechEx worries about is not the continuous development and improvement of technology but regulation. Regulators could be a roadblock, for example determining Tesla lost its NHTSA safety ratings for the Model 3 and Y.
Either way, the coming years of people using cars will certainly be interesting. The automotive industry as a whole is entering a new era of electric and autonomous driving, rapidly leaving behind traditional vehicles. A question arises when 100% automatic driving technology is popular around the world, what will be the fate of antique cars?