After reading an article and watching the videos below about “Google’s driverless car,” it got me thinking about the future of road trips. If you’re not familiar, Google is working on the car of the future, one that would not require a driver. This is not a new concept, but it does appear that Google is on the verge of seeing this futuristic concept come to fruition.
Imagine if you will being able to take a road trip and actually get to see the landscape, landmarks and other sights without ever being distracted by the necessity of driving. Imagine how enjoyable it would be to watch the scenery pass, take pictures or video…even take a nap and wake up at your destination relaxed and ready to explore. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction…something in the distant future right? Well, the future may have arrived if Google’s progress with their driverless car continues.
There are so many possible benefits to the driverless car…for starters, driverless car technology has the potential to save millions of dollars from death, injury and repairs. Google is claiming that the driverless car will:
- Reduce traffic accidents by 90%.
- Reduce wasted commute time and energy by 90%.
- And, reduce the number of cars by 90% (I don’t know how they derive this number).
These may be some bold predictions, but the future of this technology is without question, bright, and could spawn an entirely new industry.
What do you think about a “driverless car?” Would you ride/drive in one? Purchase one? Would you feel safe? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below, I really want to hear from you on this topic.