While the use of autonomous vehicles may not yet be widespread, there is certainly no doubting the fact that the technology is here and is expected to introduce more exciting changes to our way of life.
Thanks to technological developments and an increased public interest in improved transportation options, most global auto manufacturers are pushing for a major shift away from privately owned, driver-operated vehicles and towards shared, artificial intelligence (AI)-operated driverless vehicles. Firms such as General Motors, Volvo, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Tesla, and BMW are all actively exploring autonomous vehicle technology and conducting extensive on-road testing.
To learn more, keep reading for a look into the effects of the technological advancements surrounding self-driving vehicles (which you can also learn more about by attending the upcoming autonomous technology exhibition in Dubai).
1. The list of benefits keeps getting longer (but safety is still the most important).
As advancements surrounding self-driving vehicles continue to emerge, the list of benefits of using these vehicles proceeds to get longer. Currently, these benefits include safer roads, higher driver productivity, reduced traffic congestion, increased ability of movement for those who can’t drive themselves, and enhanced road capacity. What’s more, self-driving vehicles will most likely diminish (if not remove) the tremendous demand for street and lot parking.
Given that driver error and behavior is the most significant factor in road accidents, the safety that self-driving vehicles bring is the most important benefit. With automated cars that are connected to a network, driver errors such as drunk driving, distracted or aggressive driving, speeding, lack of experience, slow reaction, and over-compensation are all prevented and handled by the car as they can utilize their senses to perform evasive action effectively.
2. AI is powering the next stage of development.
There is no denying that artificial intelligence is powering the next stage of development when it comes to self-driving cars as this technology is key to make driving safer and enhancing predictive maintenance. For example, AI tools can teach the relevant machines to do things such as detect lanes and recognize cyclists by revealing to them examples of the subject at hand. These capabilities significantly decrease the risks inherent in current driving practices.
Obviously, the driving world is far too intricate to be able to have a rule formulated for every conceivable scenario; therefore, it’s vital for AI tools to be easily utilized so that cars can learn from experience and develop sufficiently enough to be capable of navigating the streets on their own.
For example, some self-driving car models merge motor, digital, and robotic technology in order to be autonomous, driverless, and 100% electric vehicles. At the cutting edge of technology, these cars focus on revolutionizing journeys by providing fluid mobility solutions.
3. They are creating a significant impact on a variety of industries.
As the technology used in self-driving vehicles improves, it becomes an increasingly attractive form of transportation for individuals in a variety of settings. For this reason, it is expected that self-driving vehicles are going to continue having a significant impact on industries ranging from transportation to media and entertainment, and from hospitality and real estate to science and technology.
For example, the fact that drivers don’t have to be focusing on driving while in their vehicle means that they have more time to enjoy other things like media and entertainment. Therefore, it won’t be unusual to see entertainment subscriptions dramatically increase with this newfound time that can be spent consuming media rather than focusing on traffic. Alternatively, individuals can use this time in a (slightly) more productive way as well.
In a similar vein, as journeys become a lot more enjoyable thanks to the elimination of road rage, businesses in the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors are likely to see an increase in visitors.
If you want to learn more about the advancements surrounding self-driving vehicles, then make sure to purchase Dubai self-driving transport congress tickets as this convention is the ideal opportunity to discover more about future mobility alternatives.
What do you think about the changing transportation landscape? Are you excited about the developments, or are you still feeling a little hesitant? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Ahmed Bahrozyan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Agency – Roads and Transport Authority in the United Arab Emirates which is responsible for providing for the needs of public transport in the city. He is also Chairperson of the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport organizing committee.