Is An Autonomous Future Closer Than We Think?
Driverless cars is not a new concept. At the 1939 New York World‘s Fair, General Motors played a short video at their presentation booth 'To New Horizons' which talks about automated cars. In the video, GM speaks of more safety and higher speeds while reducing carbon emissions.
All of these positive features of automated cars are expected are expected to be realized sooner than you may think. Elon Musk believes there will be automated cars by the end of 2020 in some form throughout certain parts of the United States. Much of the rollout will depend on the government intervention or government acceptance of automation in the automotive sector. Local laws could prove to be the biggest obstacle in front of an automated automotive world. Germany is only just now recently allowing automated driving by a handful of the most advanced companies including Daimler Benz and BMW. On the other hand, California has allowed autonomous cars from google on the streets for many years in fact they have become a part of popular culture as the HBO show Silicon Valley addressed them one season.
In GM's video from the 1939 World's Fair they speak of a connected world. One that is designed to meet a more efficient transportation lifestyle. We spoke with a computational physicist who has worked on advanced automation programs with some of the major auto groups, Vineeth Pachava. Mr. Pachava agrees with GM's view, "The future will be more of a connected world, everything will be connected from cars to your homes. autonomous cars will work better when they can communicate with themselves, your homes and workplaces and other sources, for a better understanding your and other peoples life habits. Soon you will see books and more creature comforts in cars, more of a homely feel as it becomes less necessary to drive the car yourself."
With the implementation of the 5G network, driverless car technology will be able to increase its accuracy by a matter of inches and centimeters and have complete real-time communication with other vehicles. In a driverless world where level 5 automation is achieved, all vehicles will have knowledge of the whereabouts of every other vehicle. Allowing for faster speeds and greater safety. However 5G won't be rolled out in the United States until the end of 2020, so without 5G it will be hard for automotive firms to convince local governments to give them the ok. As to the question of when we will see driverless technology everywhere? Mr. Pachava believes that around 2025 we will see driverless cars throughout society.
As for when we will realize GM's view of the connected city of tomorrow, many point to 5G. Mr. Pachava believes 5G could be a major catalyst towards reaching the potential of flying cars and a number of futuristic endeavors. 5G stands as a potential door to a world where current technology is able to create us the futuristic world of the Jetsons.
Written by The Rebellion Team