There was a time when it felt like something out of a sci-fi story. The productive of an authors’ overactive imagination or something you may have seen in a movie. However, what once seemed impossible is drawing closer to becoming a reality.
This is highlighted by the news completely driverless cars, without safety drivers could soon be a feature on the roads. In fact, we may be seeing them out in force by the close of 2019, if everything goes to plan.
The fascinating revelation comes after the UK government recently let it be known they had established new advanced trial guidelines for the technology required to produce autonomous vehicles. Sources say it could herald driverless cars on public roads in Britain within months.
Self-driving cars with no steering wheels may be permitted on public roads if they pass strict safety evaluations prior to the trial, according to the Department for Transport.
There have already been public trials of driverless cars in this country. Three years ago, a company called Oxbotica, an offshoot of the Oxford Robotics Institute, innated tests.
However, this has not stopped the concept of driverless cars on the road from provoking controversy and concerns over safety, which have created a barrier somewhat in the use of the technology. Despite the fact, there have been of no reported deaths from collisions involving self-driving cars in Britain since trials started.
Even so, due to lingering questions over safety, the UK government is adamant about carrying out industry testing, with the aim of permitting self-driving vehicles on British roads in two years, by 2021.
Many are worried about the affect driverless cars on the roads may have on other vehicles, as well as the possibility of traffic disruption.
What’s more, the announcement that driverless cars may be ready by the end of the year has led some to wonder if the technology is ready, or if it still needs time to mature and develop.
As we edge ever closer to science fiction becoming science fact, many are wondering if we are really ready? Are we moving too fast? Or is it just a sign of progress?