Taking cue from HG Wells’ Invisible Man, some car companies plan to bring invisible drivers or go for driverless cars by 2020. Volvo and Uber are collaborating to bring out a fully self-driven vehicle by the end of the year. Ford plans to launch an ‘autonomous’ urban vehicle by 2021. Tesla too promises to bring out a fully autonomous car by 2020.
Bad Driving Habits That Will Go
- Red light jumping: The autonomous vehicles will not jump red lights since they aren’t wired to be in a hurry.
- Compulsive honking: Bye-bye to those who believe the sound of a horn will part traffic the way Moses cleaved the Red Sea.
- Zigzagging: The world will be spared of drivers who bolt around the road like coins on a carrom board.Tailgating: The roads will be spared of mavericks who brake abruptly and close enough to kiss your bumper.
- One-way breaking: Autonomous cars will refuse to heed to owners who are hell-bent taking the wrong way.
- Overspeeding: There, there—a chip can be programmed to kill thrill. But it will surely make the roads safe.
- Chaotic intersections: These cars will be programmed to communicate with each other to negotiate busysignal-less intersections.
- Turning corners from wrong lanes: Those lunatics who overtake from the left and take a right while you are cruising ahead will go.
Jobs That Will Disappear
- Chauffeurs, cab and valet drivers: Launched three years ago, the Audi A7 could park by itself. A matter of concern for valets.
- Truck and bus drivers: GPS-enabled route positioning may make truck/bus drivers redundant or rather turn them into overseers.
- Traffic cops: Since there will be no traffic violations and gridlocks, cities won’t need cops to regulate traffic and issue tickets.
- Delivery jobs: That’s already taken by drones. Automated vehicles will negate the need for humans to deliver packages.
- Driving instructors: Whom are they going to teach driving to, the vehicles?