As much as I enjoy driving, it would be nice to map out a destination and just let my car do all the work. Wouldn’t that be a nice option? Self-driving cars appear to be the next game-changer in the auto industry. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. In this Mashable article, we get an update on the current state of the technology and find that there are still some hurdles to overcome.
In 2015 self-driving cars will be tested in the UK. Three cities (still to be selected) will begin trial runs for 18-36 months. In order for self-driving cars to become a normal mode of transportation, they have to run perfectly. Currently, 98% of the cars have defects. Obviously, that isn’t ideal. These problems aren’t limited to just one defect either; in some cases there are as many as 10-15 individual defects per car.
The future still remains bright for this technology. The potential benefits of self-driving cars include less traffic congestion, less accidents, and fewer CO2 emissions. Land Rover has stated that it plans to produce a perfectly functioning self-driving car within the next 10 years. We are definitely fascinated by the possibilities of self driving cars and will continue to follow how the technology develops.