The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California—Davis conducted a survey on three major mobility trends: autonomous, electrified, and shared-use. The majority of survey participants believe that driverless vehicles will make up over 20 percent of the vehicles purchased in the US by 2040.
As more autonomous vehicles hit the city streets, governments must keep in mind that not all urban areas are favorable for such advanced technology.
While everybody seems to be talking about the approaching reality of self-driving cars, some are looking a little further over the horizon to a topic of even more sci-fi dreams over the years — flying cars. Will they happen? Some major technology companies are putting a big bet on the answer being Yes, and Uber is joining that group.
Self-driving vehicles are coming. We’re already seeing cars on the road with autonomous features, like emergency braking and parking assist. Sooner than we think, fully autonomous vehicles will be on the road around us everywhere, and all sorts of industries are starting to prepare for that future. In addition to car manufacturers, public transit will have a role to play in this emerging industry, and the new technology could be a boon for bus riders.
Nine states were selected to host 10 autonomous vehicle testing sites after competing a national contest among several testing centers late last year.