It is the stuff of science fiction, that we dreamed about as children
A future full of convenience at the press of a button. Well that future has arrived, and we are living in it now. Below are some of the most inconceivable innovations which will soon become a regular part of our every day lives.
We have all dreamed of kicking back and being chauffeur driven to any place we choose – but who can afford to pay the salary of their own personal driver? Technology has actually evolved to such a degree that even the role of chauffeur will soon become obsolete.
With the development of advanced sensors, and software with precise detection capabilities, cars can now be taught to drive alone after “learning” from over 3 million kilometers of data collected from real world drivers.
Cars are programmed to drive defensively, and are automated to retain a wide space between themselves and larger vehicles, and also to avoid blind spots.
“Waymo”, who are owned by Google, are the developers responsible for bringing to life the self-driving car. They are perpetually testing their prototypes on public roads to always enhance the safety. It is estimated that automated self-driving cars will actually provide a safer experience than regular cars.
As unlike a human driver, their attention can never be distracted and a car can’t get drunk. Bob Lutz, the previous vice chairman of General Motors, informed the media that “occasional” crash percentages would probably make up less than a tenth of the rate of crashes caused by humans. Truly remarkable.
You can take a ride in a self-driving car if you call for an Uber in Pittsburgh, in the United States. And to those who take pleasure in being in control of the steering wheel, most of these self-driving cars come with one installed, so you can do just that.
Utilizing similar technology that is found in a self-driving car, Singapore will unveil a driverless bus service in 2017. It will be used to transport students the short distance of a kilometer and a half, between the Nanyang Technological University and the CleanTech eco-business park.
This pod-like shuttle is air-conditioned, and can seat up to 15 people. It runs entirely on electricity, so is environmentally friendly.
Singapore hopes to eventually outfit even it’s regular sized buses with this technology. They plan for it to be used in every day public transport on the city’s main roads.