Is your job at risk?
If you are a truck driver, taxi driver or any other professional driver, the introduction of self-driving cars will undoubtedly affect your job. Some may argue that there will always be a need for professional drivers to transport people from one place to another. After all, if robots can take over cooking in restaurants and make it better than what humans can do, surely they can also drive.
However, just as with the impact on the restaurant industry (has anyone seen the movie Chef?), many people think that self-driving cars will lead to innovation in ways we can’t predict today. Rather than replacing every human taxi or Uber driver with a robot car, we might see them work together. As an example: A self-driving car could be used to ferry passengers from their home to a central location where many other people are waiting to be picked up by human Uber drivers. This makes more efficient use of time and resources and allows everyone – robot car driving service providers and human Uber drivers – to earn money.
Get ready for new kinds of crime.
Here’s a crime movie for the modern age: A carjacker steals a self-driving car, then forces its owner to give him or her money.
While such a scenario may seem farfetched, it’s not that implausible. “We have to be prepared for this kind of thing,” says Professor David Murakami Wood from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He studies surveillance and security issues related to autonomous vehicles with his colleague Marie-Ève Landry as part of their Surveillance Studies Network project.
The implications of autonomous cars don’t stop at convenience and safety; they also transform what it means to commit a crime and how we should respond.
You may have to ask for directions again.
In the not-too-distant future, you may have to ask for directions. If you’re like me, this simple task was lost in the early aughts when GPS devices hit the mainstream.
I mean, why should I waste my precious time learning how to read a map when technology can do it for me? The problem with that line of thinking is that technology has a tendency to fail at the most inconvenient times—and very few places are as inconvenient as being lost on a winding country road in the middle of nowhere.
You may get addicted to books and movies on your commute.
You’ve always wanted to catch up on the classics.
When you finally get your hands on one of these bad boys, you’re going to want to take full advantage of your newfound spare time. The best way we think you can do that is by reading some books and watching some movies. The same goes for podcasts! If you don’t know what a podcast is, ask around at your office and someone will definitely be able to point you in the right direction.
Don’t make assumptions about driving age.
One major thing that might change is the age you can legally drive a car. Right now, the minimum driving age in most states is 16—but after self-driving cars become ubiquitous, this could very well change. It may be based on maturity, or mandatory education level; some people even argue it should be based on a certain level of social responsibility. Remember: It’s all about safety for these guys!
Your kids may be taught how to “drive” in driver’s ed.
That means that the driver’s ed programs at your child’s high school will likely look a lot different. They won’t be learning how to drive—they’ll be learning how to safely ride in an autonomous vehicle. It might sound strange, but it’s no stranger than being taught how to ride a horse in Driver’s Ed class back in the olden days. And just like horse riding, there are still some skills that your kids will need to learn if they want to get behind the wheel of a car one day: emergency measures, how to parallel park and other stats they’ll need while taking their license test. In order for your kids to truly benefit from this education, they will also have to learn basic principles of driving (e.g., physics). Understanding these concepts could help them adapt if something goes wrong with their self-driving car and they need to take over manually.
You’ll be able to do other things on the road, like work, read and text.
If you’re an avid driver, this is going to be one of the best changes brought on by self-driving cars. The most obvious benefit is that if you’re commuting, you can work while being stuck in traffic. It’s not just being able to use your phone, either—remember those days when you had to pull over and stop at a rest area or gas station to write a work email? How about when you actually had to bring your laptop into the passenger seat with you? As anyone who does any kind of online freelancing or content creation for a living knows, time is precious; every moment counts. So imagine how much more time we’ll have if we can do it all in transit—and without having our focus divided between driving and working.
It will also mean more time for other activities like reading, watching movies or playing games. And just think: no more getting pulled over for texting while driving!
You’ll have to adjust how you judge other drivers.
Because the driver will no longer be the primary focus of attention, your assessment of other cars will change. Rather than judging whether a driver’s behavior is courteous or sensible, you’re more likely to be assessing the car itself. If a car nearly cuts you off, are its sensors faulty? Is it hacked? Or does its owner just really like driving fast and close to other cars?
Not only will your judgment of other drivers shift; so too might your trust level. In fact, some have posited that a network effect may occur in which all self-driving cars communicate with each other and there is perfect traffic flow. The best part? Your commute time would be cut by as much as 90%!
Self-driving cars are coming, and we need to prepare for a whole new world of transportation.
Let’s face it: we’re going to have to learn a whole new set of rules and behaviors if we’re going to be safe and successful when self-driving cars become the norm. While they may be designed to do the work of driving for us, there are still plenty of ways that we can screw up our own safety and the safety of others. Face it: you’ll probably end up on Reddit (or whatever website is cool in 2040) while your car is driving, but you’ll need to understand how your behavior will affect other drivers around you. It’s going to be crazy out there on the road!We’re getting closer, guys.
Google’s self-driving cars are a real thing, so get ready for anything: A blog about self-driving cars, big changes and how they’re set to change everything. Google’s self-driving cars are a real thing, so get ready for anything: A blog about self-driving cars, big changes and how they’re set to change everything.
How do you feel about the idea of self-driving cars? Are you excited for the future, or do you feel like the concept overwhelms and terrifies you? The big news is that Google’s self-driving car is a real thing, so we need to start thinking about what this will mean for our world.
In this post, we’re going to talk about how self-driving vehicles are already changing things, what we can expect as these cars become more prevalent in society, and how they might ultimately change everything.
Ok, here we go: Self-driving cars are a real thing
And they’re gonna be a big deal.
When self-driving cars first hit the scene, everyone thought it was a joke. Like, seriously? Cars that drive themselves? LOL.
Google’s been experimenting with the technology for a while now, and it turns out that self-driving cars aren’t just about making the morning commute more pleasant—they’re about to change everything you know about getting around.
Are you ready for the future?!
The self-driving car is here. It’s real. It’s happening. And it’s going to change everything.
In a recent post on Medium, Google announced that they have successfully driven their prototype car over 200,000 miles without incident or accident. By incidents, they mean things like having to take control of the car because the software wasn’t sure what to do in a certain situation. By accident, they mean a fender bender or other collision caused by another driver or road condition—not one caused by their own self-driving car.
This means that in 90% of the cases, the car was able to make its own decisions about how to handle unpredictable situations on the road—and it was able to do this flawlessly.
The cars (which have no steering wheel or gas pedal) used a combination of radar systems, video cameras, and sensors in order to figure out where objects were on the road and how best to avoid collisions with them.
For example: if an object was coming at you from the across four lanes of traffic and was definitely going to hit you unless you steered out of its way—the car would make that decision for you and steer itself out of harm’s way.
In the past, we’ve only seen self-driving cars in movies set in the future. But these days, they’re a very real thing—and they’re going to change everything.
You might not think that self-driving cars are going to have much of an impact on your life, but don’t be fooled: they’re going to affect everyone on the planet. We won’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the ways this will change our lives, but let’s take a look at some of the biggest ones that might have you thinking about whether you should buy stock in a car company now—or after it goes belly up.
People talk about “the future” like it’s some far-off dream that we’ll never get to see. But the truth is, it’s here—and it has been for a while now. Remember when one of your friends first got Facebook? Or when you first found out about memes? It probably felt like things were changing at a crazy pace—and they were!
But the fact is, technology moves fast because we want it to. We’re constantly creating new ways to make our lives easier, and that’s what makes us human.
So think about how much technology has changed in just the last few years. And then think about how much it’s going to change in the next few. The thing is, with every technological advancement we make, we’re setting ourselves up for an even bigger leap forward.
And right now, there are thousands of engineers working on one of the biggest leaps forward that humanity has ever made: self-driving cars.