The Impact Of Driving Technology On The Economy And The Environment

2103 Words Oct 31st, 2016 9 Pages
Fully automated, self-driving cars are currently a trending topic in the automotive industry, bringing much public interest along with concern as they quickly approach the consumer market. Equipped with an array of built-in sensors and sophisticated computer systems, these cars can drive themselves with minimal or no human assistance. As autonomous cars become widely adopted, they will undoubtedly change many aspects of the everyday life, for better or worse. The way people perceive and interact with cars, road rules and regulations, and the impact of cars on the economy and the environment, all will be affected in different ways. This exciting new prospect of self-driving technology has been a major source of anticipation, as well as controversy towards cars of the future.
While basic driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping systems, and more, have been available for several years in high end vehicles [1], the technology had been far from replacing human drivers until recently. For years, the idea that a car that can drive itself without a human driver seemed unlikely to happen until many decades later. The rapid development from both the traditional automotive industry, in addition to others such as Google and Tesla, have brought the society towards complete automation of driving; the idea of fully autonomous vehicles is already soon becoming a reality [2,11]. It is expected that cars containing fully autonomous driving…

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