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A Picture Of The Roads Of The Future

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Over the last couple of decades, the world has changed by a huge degree. Since computers have entered the mainstream, modern life has been turned upside down, and a lot of people are still struggling to catch up. From smart fridges too complex research tools, computing power advancements have given humans the chance to do great things. Of course, though, there’s one area which is yet to feel the full force of this change; cars.

As technology changes, so do the methods being used to keep people safe. The time you spend on the road is when you’re at the most risk during your life. So, it makes sense that companies are working so hard to make sure they’re improving this area. To help you to understand this, this post will be exploring a vision of the roads of tomorrow. Over the next few years, you can expect a lot of change in this field. Of course, though, it’s impossible to know exactly what will happen.

One of the biggest changes manufacturers want to see on the roads of the future is the inclusion of a large network between cars. Sharing data like locations, roadworks, and other important details about the terrain you’re driving on, this sort of tool promises to do a lot for drivers. Below you can find some examples of the different areas this sort of options can help you with.

  • No Accidents

In 2011 alone, the US saw an average of 96 fatal car accidents every single day. Of course, this is partly due to the size of the place, but also fails to take into account the collisions which didn’t lead to death. Having a network between cars would limit this sort of issue. Telling one another where they are on the road, they can easily navigate around potential threats and avoid making contact with almost any object, making car insurance a lot cheaper. Not only does this make the roads themselves safer, it also makes the pavements safer, too.

  • No Delays

With Los Angeles, followed by a lot of other US cities, coming very highly on TomTom’s congestion index, it’s easy to see why people would want to avoid delays in their commute. By connecting cars, you can remove the need for stops at junctions, as cars can simply slow to avoid one another. Along with this, with drivers sharing information about the roads, delays like accidents and roadworks will be easy to avoid.

It takes some very special technology to be able to use a network like this to its full advantage. Along with this sort of tool, a lot of car companies are also working on options to enable to cars to drive themselves. Over the next few years, this sort of experience is going to be found in more and more places. Systems are getting very close to being released, with some examples using as few as two cameras to provide them with everything they need. Of course, though, what exactly does this sort of idea give the driver?

  • Safer Roads

There are already loads of cars on the roads which can detect potential collisions and stop the car if they are going to make contact. This sort of tool can save lives and is one of the best ways to remove human error from the equation. Having a car drive itself entirely, though, is one step further. Using the network discussed above, self-driving cars will be able to make car accidents a thing of the past, rendering them almost impossible to cause.

  • Takes The Time Out Of Driving

A lot of people enjoy driving and it fun to engage in long road trips, getting the chance to get to know their car. For others, though, driving can often be a time-consuming chore. Having your car drive itself gives you the chance to use this time for other things. Image using your commute to catch up with friends on social media, as this is the sort of future you can expect to look forward to.

Along with networks helping cars to drive themselves, a lot of companies like the idea of a future where cars aren’t owned by individuals. Instead, with a lot of self-driving cars on the road, it will be possible for cars to act much more like public transport. When you’re ready to go, you simply call a car to your location. From there, it can take you to your destination, and you don’t have to mess around with parking or anything like that.

  • Cheaper/Easier

Avoiding having to buy a car limits the amount you have to spend on this area. If you don’t drive very often, the money you spend on each trip is very unlikely to amount to the costs of a new car. Along with this, this sort of method takes a lot of the stress out of your driving. As you don’t have to deal with a car at home or when you’re out, you never have to worry about parking services, insurance, or the other little things which come with car ownership.

  • Never Get Held Up

Being able to call cars at your whim gives you a lot of flexibility. If you have a change of plans, for example, it doesn’t matter, as you can easily call a car to any location. Without issues like human error or hold-ups on the roads, this sort of technology could make delays a thing of the past. The modern world is all about convenience. So, it makes sense to work hard to make your driving experience as easy as possible.

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Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of the different changes you can expect on the roads in the near future. As technology improves and advances, this part of life is going to change a lot. Of course, though, as this part of life changes, others will change with it. Driving will become cheaper, safer, and more convenient, but it’s going to be a few years before everything is perfect.

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Tech Is Going To Change Driving In Ways You Can’t Imagine

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You might think you understand how new technology is going to change driving, but you don’t. You may believe that you have gotten to grips with the latest tech and what it will mean when it hits the market, you haven’t. You have no idea how different the roads and the car industry is going to look a few years from now. So sit back as we take you on a road trip to the future.

Will I Still Need Car Insurance?

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You’re not the only one wondering whether car insurance will still be necessary five or ten years from now. After all, you can barely get through one day without someone suggesting that cars are going to drive themselves. Well, let’s clear a few things up right now. First, even car insurers haven’t begun to figure out how autonomous cars are going to fit into the future plans. You won’t find it mentioned anywhere on a site like moneyexpert.com and there’s a good reason for that. It’s not on the horizon…yet. That doesn’t mean it won’t be and there are certainly impressive advances in place. For instance, this year there will be one hundred thousand plus self-driving cars on the road. But it’s important to know what self-driving means. It doesn’t mean that these cars will be driving on highways at full speed. Nor does it mean that these cars are completely free to drive themselves. The current ability of self-driving cars is to travel at low speeds and essentially course correct. You can think of it as the next logical step for cruise control.

So, where does car insurance fit in? Well, people are starting to think about who’s going to be to blame if a car crashes and no one is driving it. Or, more likely, who’s going to pay up. When cars are fully autonomous, you can bet these questions are going to be debated. Right now, though, we’re still at least two decades away from most cars being able to drive themselves. Let alone being fully autonomous.

What About Fuel?

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Whatever happened to the hybrid car? As you can see on time.com, the hybrid market has hit a slump. It’s still around but not quite as popular as advocates of the tech had hoped. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the hybrid car is no longer consider to be the future fuel of vehicles. For one thing, it’s a band aid for a gaping wound. A hybrid car is more environmentally toxic than anyone would care to admit and still includes a petrol engine. So, it’s hard to champion it as the savior of the car industry when drivers want to be eco-friendly. This brings the question as to what cars will be powered by in ten years.

Well, we know what they won’t be powered by, and that’s diesel. Governments are planning to tax diesel cars to high heaven and ensure that they are as unattractive to buyers as physically possible. Some places like London are even considering an all out ban. You can read more about that on newstatesman.com.

As for the real savior of the future? That could be the electric car. It’s quickly making a comeback which is ironic considering the top speeds of the original electric cars. Tesla now have an electric car in development that is going to rival the top supercars, and that’s an impressive evolution of this tech.

But there are other possibilities in the work too. For instance, some people are still in favor of putting development into hydrogen-fueled cars. There’s been quite a lot of interest by tech innovators in Britain. The problem is that while people know roughly what a hybrid is and can work out the electric car, they don’t know much about hydrogen power at all. That makes it difficult to market which is why this possibility hasn’t seen much progress.

How About The Roads?

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There should definitely be less congestion thanks to the new tech that councils and governments are putting in place on the roads. Roads are getting smarter, and within five years we’ll see our first roads that can actually change traffic speed based on the possibility of congestion. Nope, we’re not talking about preparing for congestion further down the road. This clever tech would record the number of cars, the speeds and figure out the chance of a traffic jam. It would then change speed limits to match needs. It’s being tested right now and should lead to some very exciting possibilities in the future.

Did you see any of these changes coming? Or is the future of driving a whole new world that you’re not yet prepared for?