The Automated Vehicle Age is Coming Soon
The automated vehicle age is nearly upon us and it’s set to completely change our driving habits and the way we think of car ownership. What’s more, the introduction of driverless cars will have a huge impact on society, mobility and future city infrastructure, and also lead to the development of new and disruptive business models.
The promise of self-driving cars has gone mainstream. Amazon, Intel, Nvidia and Cisco are joining a host of rivals and partners that have publicly reported their efforts to invest in self-driving technologies.
To find out where U.S. tech companies are focusing their investment in autonomous driving visit: http://sabp.com/2019/03/18/autonomous-cars-the-new-frontier-for-major-tech-companies/
While large fleets of driverless cars are still at least five years away, when they arrive they will produce unprecedented amounts of data, such as car diagnostics and journey details, and will also rely on large amounts of real-time data to navigate around.
It’s important to start planning for the automated vehicle age now. Driverless cars will be a major force in the digital revolution, disrupting the world as we know it. However, organizations who have considered how the driverless era will affect them and planned accordingly will have a competitive edge over those who have not. This autonomous vehicle network will rely on a next-generation mobile network capable of handling these levels of data across all areas that driverless vehicles might go.
The introduction of 5G and the uptake of autonomous vehicles will also lead to new and unexpected technology trends. For example, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be used to analyze the huge amount of data generated by driverless cars and the urban infrastructure that supports them, including smart road signs and traffic lights. The next-gen network technology will be able to transport larger amounts of data at high speed with low latency.
Driverless vehicles have the potential to completely reverse the notion of car ownership. We’re already seeing innovative new business models, such as Jaguar’s detachable smart steering wheel which summons cars to the driver’s home as part of a paid subscription scheme. In future, it’s possible that no one will buy a car at all. And while the idea of a car that doesn’t need a driver behind the wheel may be some way off, it’s possible that maybe we won’t even be required to have driving licences in order to jump in a car in future. More revolutionary, some governments may start to prohibit people from driving cars as autonomous cars prove to be safer and more efficient in terms of traffic management.
As well as private ownership, the advent of driverless cars could completely disrupt the public transport and private hire sectors. A lack of human drivers, more energy efficient hybrid and all-electric cars could see transport costs slashed. As a result, transportation could become incredibly cheap, or even free.
Daily life could be completely altered as a result, for example, the lack of privately owned cars and the ability to hail a car on-demand could rule out the need for car parks. However, while this may be good news for some, it’s important to consider how changing infrastructure could affect an ageing population. New solutions and government-backed schemes may be needed to support those with reduced mobility.
For many people the reality of autonomous vehicles is hard to visualize and the notion of giving up the ability to drive a car is met with skepticism and resistance. The technology is real and the expansion of the autonomous vehicles is like the discovery of the Wild West…there is no way to stop it now.