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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?