It has been predicted that in the future cars will be ‘driverless’, meaning that they will be able to control themselves and not require any human interaction. Many car manufacturers and technology companies are already releasing information concerning their plans for driverless technology in their vehicles for the future, however it seems that these types of vehicles won’t be entering the market for a long period of time.
Some vehicles already have various forms of driverless technology already, such as cruise control which allows drivers to set the speed they wish the car to travel in and then take their feet off the pedals. This can be great for long distance driving, as it means that drivers can relax when behind the wheel and not have to keep their foot on the accelerator for hours on end, however it can lead to some drivers not paying enough attention while on the road.
Now it has been revealed in a survey that a large proportion of drivers, 68 per cent, are actually uncomfortable with the idea of driverless cars or sharing the road with them. The main idea behind driverless cars is that if they are the only type of vehicle on the road then there will be fewer accidents due to human error as future technology will be able to detect other vehicles on the road or objects coming towards the car and stop the vehicle before an impact. However, many people feel that they would not be able to completely trust their vehicle, and are also concerned over what would happen concerning their car insurance if their vehicle was involved in an accident.
Some people are also not keen on driverless cars as they actually enjoy having control over their vehicle, and for many driving can even be a form of relaxation. However, driverless cars would make the roads safer, as it would mean that there would be less traffic and the elimination of dangerous drivers on the road. Furthermore, it would enable owners to not worry about being over the legal blood alcohol limit before getting into their vehicles, however this is just an extra bonus.
Drivers could also find that they spend less on fuel as the car would drive more efficiently, and lack of traffic would mean that there would be less starting and stopping on journeys. The next few years will definitely see more of this technology introduced into the car market, however whether it will prove popular is yet to be seen