Five Things You Should Know About Self-Driving Cars

August 8, 2016 •

5 Things You Should Know bout Self-driving cars
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Self-driving cars might not have picked up completely, but they’re still here. Not too long ago, self-driving automobiles were relative to science fiction inventions. Now, Volvo, Google and other providers are outfitting newer models yearly.

That said, there’s still a lot to grasp before the niche trend becomes mainstream. Below are the top five things every driver should know about self-driving cars before getting involved.

1. They’re Safer When You Don’t Take Over

Currently, self-driving cars are considered to be incredibly safe. Providers like Google are leading research guaranteed to make them safer, too. That said, drivers have reportedly crashed upon switching lanes. Smart cars still have manual overrides—and for good reason. Drivers are, however, experiencing shift difficulty upon taking the wheel. In layman’s terms? People aren’t used to turning their control “on” and “off.”

2. Japan’s Auto Companies are Joining Forces

Japan’s leading automobile providers, Nissan, Toyota and Honda, have teamed up to propel the entire country beyond global competition. For this reason, it’s likely our biggest smart-car innovations will likely spawn from one of the three headlining companies as they aim to cut development and production costs—lowering consumer prices.

3. Ridesharing Companies will Become Bigger

While already in existence, ridesharing companies will take off upon the self-driving car’s inauguration into mainstream culture. Low use costs, when combined with multi-person transport, are profitable for such companies. In all likelihood, delivery services, too, will become highly electric and self-powered. On a larger scale, tractor-trailer delivery entities may become automated.

4. Google’s Self-Driving Car will Have a Face

That’s right, a face. Google intends to make its driverless experience as friendly as possible. Part of its plan includes the installation of a digital face display—creating an interactive entity drivers can see, themselves. Part of this automation will include command-taking options. While other self-driving creations likely won’t reach Google’s display of personality, they’ll likely take a page from the company’s command-control book. A majority of industry experts believe in voice-powered commands already, and many are expected to make such options a cornerstone in the self-driving car world.

Obviously, self-driving vehicles are still adapting. A lot of work still needs to be done, and a lot of legislature still needs to be passed. Stay updated, however, because self-driving cars are expected to skyrocket in popularity sometime before 2020.