A CATA presentation about the future of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles was underscored with Google’s announcement that it was building a pilot fleet of autonomous cars.
“These new cars have no steering wheel and no brake,” said CATA EVP Barry Gander. “It makes sense: Google has found that drivers are not needed in the driving loop, so make the vehicles passengers-only.”
Gander’s presentation was made to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, on the future of safer vehicles, on behalf of CATA’s networked vehicles division:
The Google car looks more like a pod than a vehicle, and has only a start and stop button. “Cars like these would eliminate 34,000 traffic deaths each year,” added Gander, “and reduce the cost of transportation by some $300-billion/year.”
When vehicles shoulder the burden of driving, they eliminate the need to spend 20 minutes looking for a parking space, and allow seniors and blind people the dignity of mobility. See:
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