More than 60 years ago, Popular Mechanics promised flying cars, but as of yet, we’re still driving on roads. Since them many self-driving cars articles have been published and one particular proponent has been driving (pardon the pun) the industry in recent years.
Owner of the auto manufacturer Tesla, that has been actively involved in creating self-driving cars, Elon Musk hinted at the possibility of flying Teslas in 2017. In November 2018, he tweeted: “Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe … Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.”
Self-Driving Car Future Timeline
For now, self-driving cars are a firm reality in the near future. According to Fortune.com we will start noticing an influx of self driving cars on our roads by 2020. It is estimated that by 2040, 95% of new vehicles (that’s 96.3 million cars) will be fully self drive enabled, a $3.6 trillion opportunity.
According to Oilprice.com, certain big players envision a day when shared, electric, automated ride services will be facilitated by self-driving car technology, while delivery services are gearing up to enhance their automation in order to move freight more efficiently.
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Benefits if Self-Driving Cars Explained
Vehicle shipping is a big industry. There are many reasons to ship a car, rather than to drive it from one place to another. As we stand right now, a car can’t go anywhere without it being driven or shipped. It requires human effort. But a self self-driving cars can revolutionize the way in which cars move around.
- Imagine using a self-driving car to take you home after a night on the town, instead of having to put up with a pouting designated driver.
- Imagine catching up on emails while your car drives you to work.
- Imagine not having to leave work to pick your children up from school or from friends’ houses.
- Imagine being able to let your car drop you off at the airport for an urgent flight, and meeting you at your destination a few days later.
- Imagine buying a car online from out of state, and programming it to drive itself to you.
Self-driving cars are almost there, however, manufacturers have to continue testing to ensure the technology is safe for humans and that the cars are economically viable. Many players are involved, ranging from the car manufacturers, to parts manufacturers, law makers, insurers, roads agencies, industry organizations and many more. One of the biggest concerns in terms of regulatory compliance, is liability. It’s likely that this level of compliance and regulatory testing will drag on for years before self driving cars become mainstream.
Drawbacks of Self-Shipping Self-Driving Cars
There will probably be a time when self-driving cars will be mainstream. When that happens, people might self-ship their self-driving cars. However, there are certain logistics that might need to be considered before you hit the “drive” button.
Firstly, self-shipping a self-driving car may not be as quick as people might envisage. The car could end up needing a service on the road, which could delay the process.
Then there’s the matter of range. Most self-driving cars are electric.A Model 3 Tesla with a 220 mile range, costs about $35,000. You will have to shell out another $5,000 for Enhanced Autopilot, and an additional $3,000 to enjoy full self-driving capability, when that feature is launched.
One must consider how it will work when the car needs to be charged, or when it needs fuel. Gas and charging stations will have to be prepared to handle these logistics.
So, when will self-driving cars be the norm? While self drive cars are definitely in our future – some prototypes have racked up millions of miles already -, and while it might eventually make a dent in the auto shipping industry, self driving cars are not the future of the auto shipping industry. Now, flying cars – once the risk of a car falling from the sky has been eliminated – that will be a threat we take seriously.
Until you’re able to afford your self-driving car, and the logistics are in place to make self-shipping viable, Cargolia is available to ship your fuel-, electric-, or solar powered car anywhere in the lower 48 states.