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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Structures |

As the driverless car can change our lives

As the driverless car can change our lives

This is not so much an exercise in the future, if not more an exercise in understanding the challenges that we will face in the not too distant when cars that drive themselves a reality.

Science fiction? No. Google has proven many times that its prototype system for driving without anyone to interfere is feasible, possible and also could convert almost any autonomous car. But although for now the state of California and Nevada in the U.S. the most advanced in this regard, you should be prepared for what is coming.

In the next decade the world is not going to get cars that drive themselves, would be a far-fetched dream that a technology “newly invented” in an industry such as could be made so popular in such a short time.

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Licensing and legislation

The first and more important, even if they are able to conduct their own cars, these cars require that there be a person with a driver’s license. Clearly, an autonomous also can be driven manually, but if the idea is to get rid of lead work, why you need a driver’s license? Technically it is because a car of this type must have a civilly liable for any problems.

Or just imagine that even if there is the intention of driving it manually, if a mechanical failure occurs, someone must take control. Imagine driving down a road not prepared for this type of vehicle would need to drive it manually ..

It makes more sense that the more distant future, cities will begin to transform to welcome these new vehicles, which are the roads and civil works which suit instead of the vehicle which must be adapted to the city Current. Because in a perfect future where cars are able to navigate alone would not need a license in the same way that when you order a taxi not have to have a driving license.

What ideal? Order online a car, automatically comes to your house and take you to your destination, a simple and take you from point A to point B.

The legislation is a crucial issue for now is zero in most countries. The example of a state that has made ​​these vehicles legal is Nevada , but thank you for the time you have to buy the car, suit and pay the fees for your driving license. Can you imagine where this is normal to happen?

All states collect much money from taxes on vehicles, if in future cars become a property of the past whence they profit the state to maintain conduction pathways? If this is the case in this hypothetical future, it is more likely that all service becomes owner of one or more undertakings, something like a road payment. You pay for a tour or for a subscription, which technically is included the amount of fees to the state for use and enjoyment of these facilities.

Connecting car to car

If you look at the Google system, making this car is to seek the separation between cars and between the painted lines on the road. It analyzes and mixed with road rules of the state where you are, its geographical position and the number of obstacles (ie car) around there. The result is a speed and a direction that does stay the course until at some point.

If the cars themselves are consistent, independent or whatever you call them, are actually becoming more cars could exchange data with each other. How suddenly the Waze acquisition by Google makes more sense?

It is important that cars communicate with each other, not only for security, if not more advanced than a car, if it detects a bump or obstacle in the road, automatically all the cars behind you can change its course and be prepared.

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Highways, roads and city change

Highways, roads generally should change. That science fiction is not fool you, the changes should not be so drastic, because perhaps the biggest change would be the traffic visible.

An orderly and smooth driving causes less traffic and less congestion caused by the human factor, which is one of the major cases that cause those terrible taxes on inputs of large cities. If the human factor is eliminated as much as possible, the movement is more fluid and the great highways of four, five or six lanes may be unnecessary.

The blow that would transport this change in our society would be reflected also in the way in which cities are organized, especially in small towns extraradio capital or large cities. Living in the center would have a value because communication phenomenon could be faster, which would have to live on the outskirts of town was much normal life in city centers less elitist.

With no need to buy a car, this transport would be by subscription or pay per trip as if it were a tax, but at more competitive prices.


This is not a future of “Minority Report”

Maybe with this story you can imagine something similar to the movie Minirity Report , in which you could see some automatic vehicles traveling at high speeds on motorways prepared for them. Luckily, although unfortunately, this film has been so influential for a generation inventors and engineers, many of innovations or inventions near future may resemble what this film shows.

It’s not bad, but this movie has influenced too. Admittedly, the writers invented the very near future and reasonable in some respects to what we are seeing are the inventions of the future, but do not be fooled by this film. Reality is always stranger than fiction.

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