What will driving in the future look like and who will be doing it?
Most advances are either specifically built for safety or at least have some sort of safety focus to them. Some of the latest could revolutionize not just the automotive industry but human transportation in general. But there are technologies that we have been using in other industries that are slowly finding their way into the car industry, such as simulators.
So what's in store for future cars, driving and the way we learn to drive?
Based on what is currently being tested and what's on the road today, most of it will help keep us safe, some will give us information like never before and some will let us kick back and just enjoy the ride whilst a computer complete with all round visual and motion sensors drives us.
But additionally perhaps our new car could teach us to drive, maybe the car windscreen will double up as a large TV screen that could then become a simulator, perhaps when we purchase a car in the future we will have to drive with all the safety features on, initially! Features like auto park, crash collision, road marking sensors, speed sensors, brake assistance and maybe in the future autopilot.
Currently in the transport industry we have been using simulators for years, Pilots for example will undergo hundreds of hours in a flight simulator even before they go up in the air. Bus companies are also using simulators to help train their drivers before they even venture out on the road with an instructor. And in the both the airport and train industry many drivers or pilots do not actually fly the plane or drive the train. Much of the London Underground and the DLR is for example already completely automated.
So in the future when we initially learn to drive we may have to undergo initial training using a computer application or simulator. Then the full ability to drive completely computer unaided may be restricted in new cars until we have carried out X number of hours behind the wheel with full assistance mode turned on. And gradually we may be able to turn of many of these driver assistance or safety features. Maybe some people will never turn off these driving aides, maybe car insurance will be reduced if we leave these in car driving assistances turned on.
You can already drive with a mobile application on your phone that will assess how good a driver you are using the phones in built motion sensors and GPS to reduce your car insurance. See aviva's driving app, perhaps you could save over a hundred pounds by using it? http://www.aviva.co.uk/drive/