Our World is Smaller through Transport Accessibility
Eventually, we will all have electric vehicles (EV). This will happen soon as each auto maker rushes to join the current trend. Alongside the move to EV’s, there has been a gradual change to AV’s – autonomous vehicles. No driver needed, thank you!
So I imagined just how the AV experience would play out. There are benefits. And maybe some challenges that will arise. But think with me about the benefits.
You order an AV online. It arrives at the door on time and sends a message to your cell phone, “Waiting!” You come out, get in and it takes you to a preprogrammed destination. Arriving at your destination, you get out and it moves on to its next assignment. No parking hassels!
While you’re in the AV it plays music you enjoy (selected in your profile), shows you news/weather/trip information (according to your profile) and provides WiFi so you can “get some things done” during the trip.
Probably it will take a bit longer because the AV will be driving slower-safer. But then again, maybe quicker because timed for lights and aware of freeway congestion and alternate routes. When an alternate is available.
Or maybe it would suggest a different departure time so you wouldn’t be sitting waiting. And you could ask the wait time – it would know based on amount of traffic – and then decide to override the different departure time with human intelligence, not artificial, because a wait in comfortable surrounding with WiFi wouldn’t be a disruption to your day.
I am looking forward to this technological advance!! Especially in light of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s observation that, “In 2016, motor vehicle-related crashes on U.S. highways claimed 37,461 lives. Our research tells us that 94 percent of serious crashes are due to dangerous choices or errors people make behind the wheel.”