Gone are the days where self-driving vehicles exist only in movies. With technological advancement, self-driving vehicles are a reality.
Automated vehicles will soon replace their human-operated counterparts. Even Ontario is part of this change, as a pilot project to monitor their performance is already underway.
Safety and transportation have been the key factors for the need to advance driverless technology.
Safer for Everyone on the Road
According to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, 1,830 people in Canada lost their lives in 2014 due to road accidents. Most of these accidents were due to driver inattention or distraction. This is a problem that automated vehicles would fix.
Driverless vehicles are automated, they don’t get impatient with traffic, or distracted. They also maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
Role in Shipping Business
The American Trucking Association stated that about 10 billion tons of freight is shipped across the United States every year. To transport these goods, they need drivers but the number of drivers is decreasing. The driver deficit was 48,000 in 2015 and if the trend continues it will reach up to 175,000 by the year 2024.
Some companies like e-retailer giant Amazon, are testing solutions to this issue by planning to incorporate self-driving trucks into their fleet in the near future.
Big names of the auto industry, like Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Tesla and Uber, have promised that self-driving vehicles will be on the roads within the next four years.
Uber, together with Otto, used self-driving trucks to deliverer a shipment of Budweiser beer from Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado Springs.
Other examples are the recent efforts of Baidu, a Chinese Internet giant, and Daimler, a German multinational automotive company. Baidu partnered with Foton Motor Group to introduce sleek automated “super trucks” on the roads. Daimler tested a driverless truck platoon in Germany.
Self-driving vehicles will soon be here. They’ll reshape the auto industry and driving as we know it. These smart vehicles are the future of transportation. There are still some bugs to work out, but the future looks promising.