The era of automation just beginning and the 2020s are likely to be known as the decade of the self-driving car. Vehicles that are able to navigate and operate without human intervention, often in a far safer and more efficient manner, are poised to create sweeping changes to the very fabric of our daily lives. Everything from urban design to the transportation industry can expect to experience nothing short of a revolution thanks to advent of autonomous vehicles.
The sheer number of autonomous vehicles that can be expected in the next few years may be much higher than many people might assume, and there is a growing list of places where drivers may already be sharing the road with automated cars, trucks and even buses. While this new technology is still in its infancy, the latest vehicles show a great deal of promise and are often able to outperform their human counterparts in terms of operational safety, adherence to traffic laws and even reduced instances of driver-caused traffic congestion.
Removing human drivers from the equation is likely to have a major impact that will be felt across numerous economic sectors. While long-haul drivers, couriers and others who work within the transportation industry may be the first to experience changes due to the growing popularity and numbers of self-driving vehicles, they will not be the last. Automotive insurance providers, healthcare professionals who see large volumes of collision-related trauma and injuries and even those who deal in city and urban development may soon begin to see a great deal of change within their respective industries. Fully-automated vehicles have a lot to offer and the numerous and significant ways that they may begin to change the world around may be just a preview as to what future trends in automation may have to offer.