What will the World Of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Look Like?

What will the World Of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Look Like?

What will the World Of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Look Like?

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The autonomous car industry is moving at a rapid pace, and the implementation of full-scale autonomy is closer than you might think. Technology that provides a benefit to society and an increase in the share value of a company tends to get adopted very quickly, and autonomous vehicle technology will no doubt follow this trend.

So what will the world of connected and autonomous vehicles actually look like? The answer might surprise you and seem like science-fiction, as future technology often does before it becomes an actual reality.

The nature of the road will change


The current design of the road is to aid the driver to make a safe journey from point A to point B. This includes posts with road signs, lines on the road and traffic lights. However, AI may not need the same kind of help to safely navigate the roads. What was typically perceived essential elements of a road may become obsolete.

GPS will be the main feature that is used for vehicle communication in order to negotiate road space.

GPS will be the main feature that is used for vehicle communication in order to negotiate road space. Instead of new roads signs being put up software may be changed to alter the rules of the road that AI will have to adhere to. This means roads can be made to look different and perhaps fit in with the surrounding environment.

You might not own a car


It might seem like an alien concept that car ownership will become a thing of the past for the average person – especially when you consider the materialistic nature of modern day society. The traditional ownership model will switch to a service based one, which might actually be cheaper and more effective.

The majority of cars are parked 95% of the time, which seems like an inefficient way of doing things. Autonomous vehicles using a service based setup will be constantly moving, thereby picking up and delivering customers to the target locations continuously. Therefore, instead of being subscribed to one vehicle you’ll have a plan where access is granted to mobility in general. This is not so different from some services you can even get today, the main difference being that you will not be the one driving the vehicle. It will be driving itself.

The advantages of such a vehicle ecosystem are that there will be fewer vehicles on the road, which also means less traffic and a reduced need for car parks. This newly found space in cities can be used to create green areas such as parks.

Mobile platforms


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a rising trend where mobile car apps are created to provide a personalized driving experience. The functionality offered was only available via the cars themselves, but now apps make the experience mobile. Also, these apps can be integrated into the dashboard of the car.

Samsung Auto Connect OBD-II dongle

For example, the Samsung Auto Connect OBD-II dongle offers 4G connectivity for up to 10 devices in a car, allows for maintenance recommendations and tracking of vital car statistics.

Roads will be safer


One of the key differences between the road now and in the future is the safety aspect. Currently, 90% of accidents on the road can be attributed to human error, a problem autonomous vehicles will go a long way towards reducing.

There are up to 1.25 million road deaths per year, and autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce this number drastically, however, the amount this will be reduced by is hard to predict just yet. It all depends on how the autonomous vehicle ecosystem is implemented, and how many of us decide to fully embrace the changes.

Talking to our cars


It might seem strange to consider this now, but in the future, it will be the norm to talk to our cars. Just like Amazon’s Alexa has a wide array of features, the car of the future will have the same level of functionality and much more.

With voice recognition based AI software constantly improving, the scope of this technology is only going to get wider. It is some manufacturers vision that you will be able to search for information, book a seat at a restaurant and buy products while taking a ride in an autonomous vehicle.

Conclusion


All of these predictions seem like a fairy tale for some, but those in the know will tell you that the technology is improving at a fast pace. Elon Musk predicts it will be by 2021 however, there are plenty who oppose that prediction. While the technology might be ready before then, changing the way an entire global population transports itself will be a huge undertaking.

As with all transcendent technologies, there will be a teething period and the manpower to manufacture and implement a fully autonomous system will be immense. So while we are sure to see a steady increase in autonomous vehicles and an even steadier change to the roads, it will be a while before we are living in a fully autonomous vehicular future.