Australia could have a million driverless cars by 2035
In what may be a double-edged sword for truck eet owners, a new study looking into driverless cars has estimated Australia will see one million driverless cars on Australian roads by 2035.
While much of the talk is around taking away the human element in the preponderant number of motorist mistakes leading to impacts with trucks, how reliable the technology will be is still an unknown.
The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) research report speculates that by 2025 people may not need a licence to control the vehicles.
The report is based on a six-month study into the implications of driverless cars Down Under, as increasing pressure is placed on governments and ministers to ensure the nation is ready for the age of automation.
It is expected that car ownership will drop, with people instead opting for rental ‘subscription’ type services allowing them to lease as they need.
Of course, this will benet the elderly, disabled and also people too young to drive – citizens currently forced to rely on public transport and ride-sharing options.
NRMA president Kyle Loades insists driving skills will become a thing of the past as we move into the age of autonomous vehicles.