Over the past decade, there have been impressive strides made in the arena of driverless technology.
The team over at Hussey-Fraser have created an infographic which takes a look at the rise of autonomous vehicles and asks if in 2018 we are any closer to a driverless future? Carry on reading to find out.
How do Self-Driving Cars Work?
Not all self-driving cars share the same abilities. To differentiate between the different levels of automation, vehicles are rated on what’s known as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Autonomy Scale. The lowest level (zero) of the scale is a fully manual vehicle and the highest level (five) is full automation.
The majority of cars on the road today are level zero. However, experts forecast that there will be eight million autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles (SAE level 3, 4 or 5) capabilities sold by the year 2025.
What Are Some Possible Uses for Self-Driving Cars?
Autonomous vehicle technology has countless applications. We are already seeing driverless cars being used as taxis and for food delivery. While we are still a long way off from the commercial widespread adoption of autonomous tech, experts predict that self-driving cars will disrupt a wide range of industries from fast food, to emergency services and haulage.
Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?
For many people, safety is the biggest cause for concern when it comes to self-driving cars. However, those working in the industry are confident that widespread adoption of driverless technology will result in safer roads for all. For example, the Tesla founder Elon Musk, claims that autonomous cars are “the natural extension of active safety.” This is certainly something to consider when you consider the fact that 81% of car accidents are caused by human error.
If you would like to find out more about the future of driverless vehicles, check out the below infographic.