The Future Of Self-Driving Cars

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Self-Driving Cars are already a reality, even if their use is mostly experimental and mainly limited to closed courses. But, that’s all going to change. And sooner than we expected. The real questions are: How close is the “Driverless” car and what can we expect from the future? Here’s a peek at what the experts say…
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Job Loss

Self-Driving Cars could, theoretically, put taxicab, food delivery and bus drivers out of work. On the plus side, this new industry could create more and newer jobs. The balance between negative and positive benefit will be crucial…
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Parking

Self-Driving Cars are already able to fit into tight spaces and require no parking skill for the “driver” or passenger. It will also lead to the demise of bad driver jokes…
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Traffic Congestion

Self-Driving Cars will have the potential for autonomy, using real time databases to judge the quickest route with the least traffic. That should ease some of the problems that exist today with drivers unwilling to consider or become familiar with alternate routes to their destinations.
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Free Time

Self-Driving Cars can get us to work on time while we catch up on some last minute details for that morning meeting. On longer trips we can finally get to that novel we’ve been putting off writing…
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Highway Driving

Self-Driving Cars will require additional infrastructure on highways which will aid the “Automatic Pilot” control. Entirely new roads will also be springing up which offer the best tech advances facilitating driverless automobiles.
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Non-Highway Driving

Closed routes on private property like farms, hospitals and universities can be taken over by Self-Driving Cars, cutting down on injuries and even pollution. This form of autonomy may become the earliest and most familiar mode of future transportation.
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Costs

Fewer accidents, fewer serious injuries, gas economy and alternate fuels should, over time, lower insurance and fuel costs. Even the vehicles themselves will cost less as they become more prevalent.
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Bragging Rights

Self-Driving Cars will become the ultimate Machismo weapon in any braggart’s belt. One-upping the Jones’ will become a new sport for the extravagant lifestyle.
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Safety

Self-Driving Cars will not drink and drive, can’t get sleepy at the wheel and won’t be texting instead of watching the road. But, you can still count on the kids asking “Are we there yet?”…
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