Comments on my blog soar every time I write about driverless vehicles. Such was the case again yesterday when I wrote Driverless Cars in 30 US cities; Death of Cars? Convenience vs. Cost; Comfortable Predictions.
Like it or not, driverless vehicles are coming. And I expect people to embrace them even sooner than I said yesterday.
Heck, I like to drive and I would appreciate the chance to play cards or work on my computer instead of driving.
Think this is years from the road? Think again. It is Cruising the Streets of San Francisco right now.
Zero Emissions - Range 684 Miles
"The electric hybrid system has a total range of 1,100 kilometres, including around 200 kilometres of battery-powered driving and around 900 kilometres on the electricity from the fuel cell. This enables the F 015 Luxury in Motion to cover distances similar to those of a comparable diesel-engined car, but purely on electric power with zero local emissions."
What looks like side windows, aren't. Rather, "Six displays are installed to this end all around, tastefully mounted in the instrument panel and the rear and side walls, making the interior of the F015 Luxury in Motion a digital living space. Passengers are able to interact intuitively with the connected vehicle by means of gestures or by touching the high-resolution screens."
Once again, I repeat technology is advancing at an amazing pace. These cars will be far safer than human driven cars. Luxury starts at the top end and works its way down. What is high-end now will be common-place in a few years.
Taxis and buses will not have Mercedes-luxury. But as with autos, drivers will not be needed. Continue reading