It’s 2017, and the future is here! If you’ve been following the news at all in the past few months, you’ve likely heard multiple news stories about autonomous vehicles. What was once a pipe dream is now a reality. Autonomous vehicles are here to stay and some early versions are already on our streets!
However, these driverless vehicles are often the subject of debate. While some believe that these vehicles are the future, others do not trust them. In case you haven’t stayed updated on these cars – GM Outlet Parts wants to summarize the state of autonomous vehicles!
Imagine having all the benefits of taking a cab without the small talk. That’s exactly what is shaping up for the future – and soon it may become the norm. Companies such as Uber have already put driverless cars on the street with the company rolling out the first of its experiments in Pittsburgh in 2016.
As more and more companies start investing in driverless technology, more cities are starting to see autonomous vehicles pop up to drive them around. Even Las Vegas had an autonomous bus driving around (which unfortunately did not work out).
Autonomous Vehicles As Consumer Products
As we head into the future, we will see more autonomous vehicles enter the market. People are already purchasing them – and estimates say that there will be 10 million self-driving cars on the road by the year 2020. With big companies such as Tesla leading the forefront of these vehicles, companies such as GM are not far behind.
In fact, GM/Cruise Automation has already announced their first mass-produced self-driving vehicle and have made plans to deploy a fleet of these autonomous vehicles in New York City. This news means we may soon see mass produced autonomous vehicles in our market!
As of now, the autonomous vehicles being sold to the average consumer aren’t fully autonomous. For the most part, the autonomous features are strictly only used on highways where they only need to determine lanes without constant speed changes. The driver also needs to stay aware of the road as they can take over at any time. However, in the near future, the average consumer may be able to purchase fully autonomous cars where they don’t need to have any input at all!
People are split on autonomous cars – some are very much for them, while others do not trust computers to drive. However, one thing is for certain – they are here and here to stay. The future is now, and autonomous vehicles are very much a part of it!