Some blue-skies thinking: What will vehicles look like in future? What does autonomous driving mean? What will our cities look like soon, once they’ve become smart? I get a warm glow in my tummy when I travel through my home city of Leipzig and wonder what the future might bring. Of course I don’t know if I will live to see it. But autonomous driving could well be the solution to terminal congestion on our roads. Thoughts by COMPAREX System Engineer Henning Uhle.
The situation in other cities is bound to be the same as in Leipzig: Endless hunks of metal stand fender-to-fender at the traffic lights during the morning rush hour, while each of these monstrously huge vehicles carries just one passenger. I’m no different. At present, owning a car is still a status symbol. But the situation would be turned on its head if autonomous driving became established. Spoiler alert: Fancy wheels would be everything, but no longer a symbol of prosperity. Perhaps hardly anyone would actually own a vehicle. We would order a car at a certain time and a certain place to fulfil a certain purpose. Once it arrives, we’d take a seat in our ride and let the on-board computer deal with the rest. During the trip we would be able to read, work, place calls or anything else. And the car would travel on to the next booking at the end of the journey.