If you asked someone ten years ago what they thought of self driving cars, they would have deemed the idea preposterous. However, as we progress into the 21st century, the concept of the self driving car is becoming more real by the day.

In fact, officials in Britain have announced that driver less cars will find their way onto public roadways for testing purposes as early as next year. This driver less car testing program will be conducted in 3 cities, which will be chosen through a competition. Will your city be one of the winners? Learn more about the program here.

Some of these new vehicles will be manned by a human being in case manual intervention is needed, but others will cruise the roads with no driver at all!

As what once seemed like a fantasy draws closer and closer to reality, we’re forced to step back and contemplate how self-driving cars would actually impact our lives. Will there be disadvantages to counteract the merit of self-driving cars, or will they be the best, most beneficial automotive technology to date?

Thus far, the reports are overwhelmingly positive, from reducing accidents to improving productivity.

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According to Google, self driving cars are just around the corner. The idea of never needing to drive might seem hard to fathom. Just how would self driving cars affect our lives?

Stuck with a ton of homework? Have some reading to catch up on?

Relax and let the car do the driving, while you search for x, or finally found out just whodunit.

School bus drivers won’t have drivers, just attendants to watch over the kids.

The handicapped, elderly or those under 16 will be able to ride wherever they like without being dependent on someone else to drive them. Driver’s Ed, learner’s permits and parent-child driving hours will become a thing of the past.

Self driving cars will save lives.
• In Northern Ireland, speeding is the #1 killer.
• In the US, texting while driving is the #1 killer among teens.

Self driving cars will change that and greatly reduce the accidents and fatalities caused by both.

Since your car will be driving you, deadly accidents as a result of DUI or other impairments will go the way of the dinosaur. (Dinosaur mutters, “I find that vaguely offensive…but a good thing”.)

Not only will self-driving cars lower teen, speeding and DUI deaths, they’ll mean fewer accidents for everyone, which will translate to insurance going down. Savings for all!

With self driving cars being able to sense foot traffic before they even cross the street, being a pedestrian suddenly becomes significantly safer.

Without needing operators, bus drivers, subway drivers, train conductors and taxi drivers, public transportation will become cheaper.

Long road trips will become more convenient
• Sleep while driving.
• Save on fuel – cars will become more efficient as they’ll automatically take the fastest route.
• Drivers will be able to sit wherever they like in their cars, which could make car interiors more like mobile lounges than cockpits.

Your commute should also become shorter! Google’s recent case studies anticipate no traffic jams since there won’t be erratic drivers, no unnecessary lane changes, no aggravating drivers hanging out in the left hand lane and nobody going super slow on the interstate.

The Mercedes Benz F 015 is the First in Self Driving Cars

In Autonomous Vehicles With the Mercedes-Benz F 015, Mercedes-Benz isn’t preoccupied with the technology required to make the car drive itself — technology that Elon Musk, the Tesla Motors chief, recently described as a “solved problem.”

Mercedes Benz has already demonstrated slightly more down-to-earth self-driving prototypes like the S 500 Intelligent Drive concept, which in 2013 autonomously completed a 62-mile route involving complex urban driving situations like traffic lights and roundabouts. The company has also offered a vision of commercial trucks that drive themselves.

The Mercedes Benz F 015 it demonstrated this week wasn’t even equipped with self driving technology, like the lasers and computers the car would need to be actually autonomous. It drove passengers on a preprogrammed route, framed by San Francisco in the distance and towering cranes at the Port of Oakland.

Instead, the focus was on the experience of riding in an autonomous car. Mercedes thinks that experience centres on a living space shielded from the distractions and the masses of the outside world.

And yes, it is luxurious.

Mercedes Benz Self Driving Cars Video

Mercedes-Benz F015

When you take away the driving from the driver, what do the meat-popsicles inside an autonomous car do while the AI is at the wheel? That’s the question Mercedes-Benz has tackled with the Mercedes Benz F 015, a dramatically different approach to the future of transportation. Starting with the assumption that space will eventually be the biggest luxury, the self-driving concept treats driving much in the same way that a smartphone does the voice call: just one of many features and, as I discovered when I hitched a ride in the space-age pod, no longer the most important.

Why this matters: Self-driving cars may be coming in 2020, but we’re nowhere near figuring out how to incorporate them into our everyday world. We don’t know how much to trust them with the thousands of split-second decisions that driving requires. We don’t how to behave as passengers or pedestrians. And, honestly, some of us just don’t want to give up control.

And yet, the the Mercedes Benz F 015 has captured the imagination in a way I’d normally have expected for a car like the Alfa Romeo 4C, a for-reals baby Ferrari that’s the complete opposite: an adrenaline rush, not a German-engineered nap room. So think of the Mercedes Benz F 015 as an ambassador for autonomous driving. It inspires people to think about all these issues simply because they’re excited about the car.

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