Imagine a world without unsafe drivers on the road. Now imagine getting from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA in just 4 ½ hours, which in the present day now takes about 6 hours. Now imagine that trip costing you $28 and you will arrive at the kind of future I see and here is how that can happen.
Self-Driving Cars and Trucks
Google has been in overdrive when it comes to investing in research and development of self-driving cars and has shown that the technology is totally doable. If self-driving vehicles were widely adopted we could see vehicle collisions and injuries nearly disappear which would save consumers a lot of money considering that automobile insurance would surely become irrelevant.
Better yet, with taking human beings out of the equation when it comes to driving we would also see the ability for vehicles to travel at speeds higher than is the norm with very little risk of accident. As a result of increased speeds we would see the amount of time required to get to locations decrease much.
One of many major achievements President Obama can claim during his time in office is demanding higher fuel efficiency for all domestic vehicles. In fact, we should see 54.5 MPG vehicles becoming the standard in coming years. This level of fuel efficiency would be equivalent to bringing the price of gas down to $1.00 per gallon.
With higher fuel efficiency comes lower consumption and costs for vehicles. This in turn means that a self-driving car could drive at a higher speed without concern of consuming more fuel than necessary.
Road Signs Become Obsolete
Cars that self-drive and go faster means that passengers will have less time to choose places to pull off for a bite to eat or visit attractions along their route. It would become necessary, in my opinion, for road signs to become a thing of the past. A newer technology, like NFC tagging, could be used to send landmark and geographical data to a console as the vehicle is in route to its destination so that a quick break or detour for lunch could be made.
What are your thoughts on the future of travel options including self-driving vehicles? Is this just fantasy or is all this technology feasible?
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