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End Of The Road For Drivers

Some car companies plan to 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 and Tesla plan to launch autonomous vehicles by 2021.

End Of The Road For Drivers
outlookindia.com
2016-12-02T18:43:59+0530

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?
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