Flying cars are still a thing of the distant future, but driverless cars have hit the roads on test-mode. And as manufacturers continue to race to make them all a reality, research continues to unveil intriguing things about how these cars will be like. Here is a dose of top 5 things you probably didn’t know about future cars:
1. They Could Reduce Road Accidents to Almost Zero
According to the Annual Global Road Statistics, about 1.25 million people die in road accidents annually. This averages out to about 3300+ deaths in a single day. On top of that, an additional 20 to 50 million are either injured or disabled.
Even more worrying, more than half of these accidents affect young adults (ages 15-44). And all these are as a result of human error, not machine error. It is for this reason that we are saying that future cars could reduce these numbers significantly.
Future cars will employ the perfect driving mechanism. They will utilize magical sensors to see everything around them and make error-free decisions about every aspect of driving.
2. 150 mph Without a Driver!
Car manufacturers have already revealed how they are working to develop robotic race cars that are capable of reaching speeds of up to 150 mph without a chance of a collision.
There’s no doubt that autonomous cars will be better at driving than most drivers on the roads. For some people it might seem like if the horses in the Breeders Cup classic, racing without jockeys, but it might happen soon that the Formula One will also be driverless!
3. What the Driverless World Will Look Like
Do you think that traffic could flow as smoothly as blood flows in our blood veins? If you think so, then you are probably thinking about future cars.
Future car manufacturers have already found inspiration in the genius of human biology and are already designing the transit system of the future.
Talk about exciting concepts you only see in movies such as suspended magnetic pods, modular, detachable transport pods, and even flying taxis.
4. A car that Gets You Home Safely
Have you ever got behind the wheel when you really shouldn’t have been there? Maybe it was a night out and you felt that you had less to drink than anyone else and thought you should be the one driving. Maybe it had been a busy day and you were really tired but felt you can drive a few more miles. Or you were just simply distracted. With future cars, however, a button on the dashboard makes everything much easier. With a single push, the car can get you home safely.
5. A Future Car for Blind Drivers
Using smart feedback tools, GPS, robotics, and laser range finders, future car manufacturers are looking to build a car for blind drivers. It is not a self-driving car as such but a car in which a blind person can safely & independently control a its speed, route, and proximity to other objects on the course. Here’s how it works:
The system gathers the information for the driver such as the surrounding objects and acceleration information. It also uses two cameras to ensure that the car doesn’t stray from the road lanes and laser finders to scan the surrounding ecosystem for obstacles or cars approaching from any direction.
That information is fused to a GPS unit to estimate the distance to the destination. Finally, this information is fed into the computer, processed, and conveyed to the driver.
6. A Car with Both Great Sight and Sharp Memory
Future cars will have the ability to store information about the objects they have come across over time. This includes the thousands of vehicles, pedestrians, & vehicles they come across daily and understanding what each looks like. They will then use that to infer what certain kinds of vehicles & people such as school buses, school children, and road construction workers should look like.
Without a doubt, traffic capacity, as well as road accidents, can be reduced significantly if we did not rely on human precision and instinct on our roads. Do you realize that we could not only save lives but also gallons of gasoline and valuable time that goes into traffic jams during our daily commutes? Certainly, we are all looking forward to a time when generations will look back and see how laughable it was that humans were driving cars.