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How will driverless cars change our future?

A new car, on average, lasts around 13 years however over the next decade autonomous driving technology is set to completely change not only how we drive but also the concept of car ownership.

Firstly, autonomous cars will be safer and better for the environment by reducing pollution and congestion.

A 2008 survey by the US Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 93% of crashes are caused by human error. If this error is eliminated or decreased, such as drunken driving, texting at the wheel and / or general carelessness, there is the possibility that we will have safer roads with fewer accidents to look forward to.

However, this doesn't means that your role as the driver is going to be completely eliminated. Autonomous technology gives you the ability to have control or to just simply relax; you will be, in essence, a ‘controlling passenger.’

Autonomous cars will also change how we view ownership, with 59% of top industry bosses supposing that more than half of today’s car owners will no longer need to own a vehicle by 2025.

The future is set to rely more on mobility as a service by 2030, for instance imagine a Uber-type service without a driver. However, it will be a personal choice as it probably makes more sense for the younger population to rent while the generation with family’s will still probably opt to own their own vehicle.

Lastly, many question whether we will only have electric vehicles in the future. It is unlikely that all vehicles will be electric by 2030 with Bosch predicting that by 2025, 15% of global vehicles will have an electric component – whether they are pure EV, a plug-in or a full hybrid. The percentage in Western Europe will, obviously, be higher.

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