July 8, 2013

Self-Driving Cars or Car Drones?

Will they be called self-driving cars or car drones?

Irrespective of what they end up being called, self-driving cars will be a boon to everyone, especially for those who have to drive a lot.

Nick Bilton in NYTimes discusses how self-driving cars could also reshape cities.

Imagine a city where you don’t drive in loops looking for a parking spot because your car drops you off and scoots off to some location to wait, sort of like taxi holding pens at airports. Or maybe it is picked up by a robotic minder and carted off with other vehicles, like a row of shopping carts.

Inner-city parking lots could become parks. Traffic lights could be less common because hidden sensors in cars and streets coordinate traffic. And, yes, parking tickets could become a rarity since cars would be smart enough to know where they are not supposed to be.

Some city planners expect that the cost of homes will fall as more space will become available in cities. If parking on city streets is reduced and other vehicles on roadways become smaller, homes and offices will take up that space.

And, yes, in addition to car drones and military drones, all kinds of other drones are coming as well – What’s New with Drones?


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