Vehicles without drivers might not seem familiar now, but in the years to come one would encounter or even utilize them daily.
While giving this a thought one starts to think about the existence of the driving license. Would this put the driving license out of use? Would it be rendered useless? Will the rules of the road change?
In Helsinki and Paris, we come across passengers being shuttled across the city by robot buses. Similarly in Colorado beer was sent hundred and twenty miles away by an 18 – wheeler truck without a driver.
Around the globe we find projects as above making their way to daily usage as technology advances to bring cars without drivers on our roads.
Whether this will work or not we encounter another major question – How will cyclists, pedestrians and drivers be kept safe?
Sales of vehicles which drive themselves are low as of now but expected to increase in the years to come. It is estimated that by 2030 these cars would make up for ten million of the on – road vehicles worldwide. Albeit a good increase when compared to the current scenario it will still only be a wee fraction of over a billion cars which are already on the road.
Thus, the challenge would be to figure out a way in which we would be able to have both driver – less and human – driven vehicles on pavements, bike paths and roads.
There is a lot of time for this to come true, maybe even decades to perfect self – driven cars. The most difficult challenges of this topic are still being dealt with by engineers. An instance would be that of such a car at a crossroad where drivers and pedestrians will come simultaneously and use a combination of gestures, intuition and eye contact to navigate safely. Such type of reasoning is beyond that of machines.