The way that we drive is changing rapidly. New advancements in automotive technology are completely upending the entire industry, and before we know it, it will be a completely different world. So many new cars are fitted with technology that is taking over a lot of the driving responsibilities, and whether you think it’s a good or a bad thing, we will just be passengers in a few years. The first driverless car is already out there. It isn’t used very widely at the moment because it’s so expensive, but it won’t take long for the prices to come down. So what is the future of driving going to be?
Tesla have already released their own driverless cars, and they’re on the road right now. Drivers can still take control of the car if they need to, and at the moment they need to have their hands on the wheel at times. As the technology improves, and they become more commonplace, we’ll be able to relax completely and let the car do all the driving for us. Even the cars that we still drive ourselves are starting to become more autonomous. Automatic braking and assisted parking is being installed in most new cars these days so, although it might be twenty years or so before we are completely driverless, we are doing less and less of the work ourselves. There is still a long way to go with driverless car technology, as there has been some accidents already.
At the moment we all need to insure our cars, because if we do something wrong, there’s expensive damage to be paid for. But the future of driving might need to look at insurance in a completely different way once driverless cars are widespread. Technology is already changing the face of car insurance as it is. You can already take defensive driving traffic school online, and there are plenty of driving apps out there that can help with your insurance.
Black boxes are becoming more common these days. They started out as something that van and lorry drivers used, but more people are putting them in their own cars. They track your driving to see whether you are safe, and check if you are speeding. If your driving is not up to scratch then your insurance premiums will go up, but on the other hand, you could save a lot of money if you’re a careful driver.
The advent of smartphones has also changed the way that insurance works, as you can now send photos of the accident over straightaway. This will speed up your claim, and stop any disputes about the extent of the damage.
At the moment, flying cars are confined to science fiction movies, but they might not be as far off as you think. If you’re desperate to get your hands on one, don’t worry, people are working on it. The latest prototype from a company called Skycar, was unveiled in 2013. It still has a very long way to go, but eventually driving on the roads will be a thing of the past.