Imagine a future where vehicles do not have any drivers anymore. Pretty futuristic right? The good news is, we?re not far from that as Google is already working on something exactly just like it.
Just recently, Google revealed a a ?self-driving? car. It is without a steering wheel, an accelerator and a brake pedal. It was unveiled in the 2014 Code Conference by Sergey Bin, Google?s co-founder. The prototype doesn?t have any stereo or any mirror at all. It is probably not intended to be used as your usual car.
What it has, is a 360-degree roof-mounted sensor which leaves the car no blind spots. There?s no need for Google employees to monitor the progress of the self-driving vehicle.
Uber?s Travis Kalanick stated that this kind of technology could lead up to a society where people and commuters can choose not to own cars anymore. London cabbies don?t take this idea from Kalanick pretty well, and he has been subject to numerous protests. All because Kalanick is proposing driverless cars, and that it would mean better options for low-cost passengers. According to his idea, this will make calling cars, a cheaper way to go, instead of getting one for themselves.
“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car – you’re paying for the other dude in the car,”? Kalanick stated.
“When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle. So the magic there is, you basically bring the cost below the cost of ownership for everybody, and then car ownership goes away.”
The statement was certain to infuriate a lot of cab drivers, and it did, particularly in London. Kalanick, however, did offer sympathy for the drivers who?s going to be left out once the technology is pushed out.
“I’d say ‘Look, this is the way of the world, and the world isn’t always great.’ We all have to find ways to change with the world,”
What will become of the pedestrians are not yet clear, but a world without drivers? Is that going to spell ?traffic safety? more than anything? Is a world without drivers going to be a better one?
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