Driverless cars could improve safety, but impact on jobs, transit questioned
|July 4, 2016||View for printing|
Making driving easier also has the potential to hurt public transit and change how traffic operates because of lower speeds, so governments need to start thinking about policy for driverless cars before they become common, transit advocates say.
This article touches just the surface of what will happen as we abandon the "carcatecture" environment. No longer will our homes, communities and country be based around the ownership and use of the family car.
In the not too distant future, people will no longer own cars. We only use them about 10% of the time, at most, anyway. Why not belong to a system where you simply call a car on your phone and it takes you wherever you need to go. Another car is called when you want to go some place else.
No need for garages. No need for road systems based on storage of cars when not in use. How about huge concrete garages that take up so much of the city real estate?
Traffic lights and parking meters are gone as the cars communicate with each other and are directed to whom ever needs them next.
Solar roadways will replace the electric grid and electric cars will be recharged as they drive.
Car repair companies, car insurance, car parts outlets, car rental as the first examples will disappear as the companies that own the cars do that themselves.
And the "Internet of Cars" will have sensors on everything so that every thing knows where every thing else is will greatly reduce the accidents and number of fatalities. As 30,000 are killed each year in auto accidents, anything less than that is an improvement.
We can't begin to realize how this is going to change our lives and it's coming much faster than you think so be prepared.
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