The slow and steady approach to autonomous vehicles continues to move forward with a recent video from TESLA showing how TESLA leverages visual stimulus as its primary driving aid (much like humans). When aided by LIDAR, GPS and RADAR, there is an enormous opportunity to surpass human driving performance.
TESLA video feed below.
Fast facts on industry trends
- 25% of the car market will be autonomous or semi-autonomous by 2035
- The distant future will see up to 80% of entertainment consumption occurring in your car self-driving car.
- Medium length trips will become the domain of the driverless car. What will become of the suburban rail-line ?
- The market for public transport focuses around high density short distance commutes (like CBD light rail builds) and high speed long distance travel, like minimal stop trains or tunnels that expidite ultra fast inter-city commutes with very few stops. At each station there would be a ubiquitous supply of shared driver-less cars. These would be able to take you to your door.
So how far are we from this future? To try and figure that out, its worth looking at how far we have come.
By 2035, there may be no need for the next generation of humans to learn to drive. Children born today, may never know what it is like to drive their own car.