It’s only a matter of time before the public will have access to self-driving cars. Not only are robotic vehicles designed to improve road safety, but they’ll also allow you to get more done on your daily commute. Here are a few interesting facts about driverless cars.
Driverless Cars Have Been Around for Nearly 100 Years
Most people think driverless cars are a new phenomenon. However, engineers have been attempting to develop driverless cars for nearly 100 years. In 1925, a man named Francis P. Houdina developed the world’s first remote-controlled vehicle. Although this car needed a human operator to guide it through the congested streets of New York, this was a major breakthrough nonetheless.
Self-Driving Cars Are Already On Public Roads
Self-driving prototype cars have already hit the streets. Google’s self-driving cars are now being tested in Arizona and other locations. They show a great deal of promise. In fact, there have been no reported accidents that were caused by these self-driving vehicles. In the event that something does malfunction, a Google engineer will be behind the wheel.
Automated Racing Cars
Image a future where race cars are fully automated. No longer will drivers be forced to jeopardize their personal safety on the track. Recently, an automated DevBot race car went head-to-head against a professional human driver on a road course. While the DevBot car lost the race, it was only 7.1 seconds behind. This is a testament to the vast improvements in artificial intelligence.
Potential to Save Lives
Today’s roadways are extremely dangerous. Research indicates self-driving cars could decrease vehicle fatalities by more than 90 percent. Human error will no longer be part of the equation.