By Jeremy Rochow
Last updated on: November 12, 2018 at 11:49 am
Imagine a future where you can work out in a driverless vehicle during your daily commute to work, or board a pod hotel that will drive you to Melbourne or Sydney.
Sound unbelievable? Well it might be possible in the not-too-distant future. This, along with many other transport ideas, were discussed at the recent International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Adelaide.
Here, the audience was given an insight into how driverless transport may change fundamental aspects of our everyday lives.
Ignition Source’s Glen Winkler outlined how car makers in the future may provide mobile restaurants, health clinics, beauty salons and even theatres.
“Will self-driving accommodation replace hotel beds and certain modes of transport?” he pondered.
Consider taking an 8-hour pod trip overnight to Melbourne instead of taxi-plane-taxi.
Mr Winkler also questioned the impact autonomous vehicles might have on the emergency services sector.
“Will we see fundamental changes on how CFS mobilise and how other connected intelligence systems inform their response?” he asked.
“Will these systems be able to predict incidents before they happen?”
While it looks as though we’re moving towards a future dominated by driverless vehicles, there are still some hurdles to overcome.
According to RAA motoring expert Mark Borlace, one of the biggest obstacles is changing public perception.
“The media picks up on crashes involving autonomous vehicles, which negatively portrays them when in fact human error causes more car crashes,” Mr Borlace said
“If we can get more people experiencing driverless technology then I think there’ll be more acceptance of the technology.
An RAA Survey revealed the public is concerned about 3 aspects of driverless cars: cost, cyber security and being able to manually override the system.
Do you have more questions about autonomous vehicles? samotor’s already answered some of the big ones for you.