As the pilotless planes move from the conceptual to the building stage, the technology to not only build, market and sell, but put driverless cars on our streets is already here. In this July 2018 article, the Boston Consulting Group estimates that, by 2030, nearly a quarter of “all miles driven” in the US will be from shared self-driving cars. ABI Research also estimates that, by 2030, there will be 11 million shared driverless vehicles on the road globally.
Although questions of legislation, liability and ethics remain, nearly all major automotive companies have autonomous vehicles in the works, being tested and/or on the road. This will have a great impact on the future of roadway design. The article lists the hurdles that will need to be climbed before driverless technology begins to dominate our streets.
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