For more than half a century; engineers, inventors, and technology driven enthusiasts have been predicting that the roads would be overtaken by aeromobile hovercrafts and cars capable of speeding through at 1,500 mph. In the 1950’s, they genuinely believed that science was advance enough to make all of these seemingly impossible inventions possible. It is now 2012 and we are progressing towards a “Minority Report” reality. Although no one has publicly announced that they invented a car capable of going 1,500 mph, hovercrafts have been produced and self-driving vehicles are being commercialized. This post is brought to you by Capital Michigan auto insurance programs.
In 2010, Google officially announced that their latest innovative idea became a reality. In fact, at that time their autonomous car had already driven 14,000 miles. They produced a video illustrating that even a vision impaired man is capable of driving this new self-equipped Prius. Although, the public was initially skeptical of the accuracy and dependability of this technology, many minds have been changed. According to a study released by J.D. Power and Associates, 1 out of 5 customers would purchase an autonomous vehicle. The nation is rapidly assimilating into this new reality. Last year, Nevada had amended their driving laws and created licensing requirements for self-driving cars. And in late September, Jerry Brown signed the bill that approved the legalization of autonomous cars in the state of California. While many advocates disagree with his decision to approve the bill too quickly, many luxury automakers have already started working on partially and fully autonomous cars. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (EEE) has recently stated that by 2040, 75% of the vehicles on the road will be self-driving.
What does all of this hold for the future? Many individuals and groups have been disputing about the pros and cons of how quick Michigan automakers and legislatures are moving. Some are primarily focused on the advantages of a self-driving car such as less traffic, less collisions, less federal debt. But some firmly believe that this momentous change will alter infrastructure, society, and attitudes towards driving.
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