Aus­tralia could have a mil­lion driver­less cars by 2035

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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 benet 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.

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