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Several of the finest automakers are already showing off their autonomous vehicle technology, and many of them are already aiming to roll out vehicles with full driverless ability by 2020.
These vehicles can transform our lives in ways more than you can even imagine. Below, we have highlighted a few of the possible benefits associated with autonomous vehicles that can play a crucial role in improving lives for the better. Have a look.
1. Less Traffic
Driverless vehicles supposedly have the ability to communicate with one another, as well as with their surroundings.
Hence, they will be able to identify the optimal route within the shortest amount of time. This will help a lot in spreading demand for scarce road room.
2. Time to do something else
It’s no secret that driving is a time-consuming job. And then, we even have traffic jams to top it off.
With autonomous vehicles, you will just have to sit back and relax. You can watch a movie, play a game, read a book, or even take a nap. The car will do all the driving on your behalf.
3. Increased Safety
Over 1.2 million people around the world are killed every year in traffic accidents.
Autonomous vehicles can help to prevent over 90% of these accidents saving up to 190 billion USD annually in damages and health costs.
4. Improved health
Less traffic is directly proportional to an improved global health.
Traffic jams are shown to cause an unusual rise in blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and a significant decrease in quality of sleep and cardiovascular fitness. Autonomous vehicles can eliminate this problem once and for all.
5. Improved transportation services
The future of autonomous vehicles is more than likely to include sharing schemes.
Self-driving vehicles paired with vehicle-sharing services like Zipcar could effectively (and affordably) transform vehicles from a thing people own to a service being called upon on demand.
6. Reduced pollution
Global carbon dioxide emissions from vehicular transmission have grown by over 1100% from 1900 to 2014.
Autonomous vehicles, alone, can bring this problem to a check to a certain extent by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 87 to 94% per mile by the year 2030.
7. Increased demand for a whole new type of jobs
While driverless vehicles may lead to job losses on a massive scale (such as pizza delivery drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, etc.), they may also lead to an increase in demand for a whole new type of jobs such as hi-tech machine experts, wireless engineers, and software developers.
For more information on driverless vehicles, refer to the infographic below: