No, we’re not talking about your ambition.
We’re referring to your ability to get in your car, crank it up and take off for the open road.
Because the fact is, self-driving cars are zooming down the highway to reality. The fact of the matter is, they’re closer than you think. Some of the technology that will power it—such as parking, lane guidance and driver fatigue detection— already is standard on several U.S. models.
All that begs the question, however. Just because autonomous vehicle technology is ready or nearly ready doesn’t mean consumers are.
A survey was recently conducted that found fewer than one in five respondents ready to buy a fully autonomous vehicle, though support for the concept was higher in New York, Oregon, Montana, West Virginia and Idaho.
Nearly 44% of drivers said they would feel more at risk in vehicles designed to be accident-proof.
Attack also examines the consequences of autonomous cars: By one account, the number of cars would be reduced by 90%—which would create a huge impact for the automotive industry.
The vehicles would use less gas because they’re lighter, but some of that good could be undone because people might be willing to commute longer distances with self-driving cars. But the people formerly known as drivers might have more energy when they reach their destination. The No. 1 activity people would substitute for driving in an autonomous car: sleeping.
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