In the future, we are sure to have autonomous vehicles here the United States for the average driver. This means that you can do your homework on the way to school or text message friends while your car drives itself. You might also have had too many drinks at the local watering hole and the car will merely drive you home while you sit in the backseat – no harm no foul, and it’s safer for everyone. That’s the future, no one can deny that, and that future is nearly upon us as we speak.
Likewise, in the future we won’t want personal flying vehicles or flying cars to crash into each other. These vehicles will need to talk to each other, and fly themselves from destination to destination based on their GPS coordinates. They will take off and land themselves, park themselves in the garage, and even go to the fuel island and fuel themselves. Not only here, but I imagine this will happen in the rest of the world as well. In fact, the United States may not be the first nation with autonomous vehicles and robotic cars. Okay so let’s talk about that shall we?
There was a great article on Space War Online News posted on January 24, 2013 titled; “China unmanned car to ‘help driver sleep’: reports,” by Staff Writers in Beijing.
After reading this article one cannot help but think how wonderful it is for China’s military to now have autonomous vehicles and have borrowed all this technology without actually asking for it from the US, and how nice it is for them to state that this technology will soon be used in the private sector for passenger vehicles to prevent accidents. Indeed, I’d like to think it will also help tremendously with the incredible traffic issues in Beijing.
For instance, there have been 48-hour traffic jams in Beijing, and if each vehicle had an autonomous system the people traveling home after work could merely sleep in their cars while in the traffic jam with start-and-stop traffic. Once it was time to go back to work the car would simply turn around on the next off and on ramp and go back to the office, since they wouldn’t have time to get home anyway. Think of all the time that would save?
Indeed, China is leading the field in many technologies such as bullet trains with spectacular crashes, and various other technologies. They are also very much interested in getting the lion share of many of the industries that the United States has previously enjoyed such as computers, aviation, automobiles, moviemaking, and military equipment just to name a few. The future of the autonomous vehicle may be coming of age in China, and it will be interesting to see what they do with this technology they’ve garnered from our best and brightest. Please consider all this and think on it.