In­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cles will drive a so­cial rev­o­lu­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

MANY PEO­PLE say ‘con­nected’ and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles (CAVs) will im­prove their qual­ity of life.

Stress-free driv­ing is seen as the big­gest ben­e­fit, with cars that brake and park them­selves top at­trac­tions and half of young peo­ple would use a con­nected and au­ton­o­mous car to­day if they could, re­search has found.

The So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders (SMMT), which has pro­duced a re­port, says most peo­ple be­lieve new tech­nol­ogy will of­fer free­dom to some of so­ci­ety’s most dis­ad­van­taged, in­clud­ing those with dis­abil­i­ties, older peo­ple and the young.

Au­to­matic brak­ing and park­ing and the car’s abil­ity to self-di­ag­nose faults were cited as fea­tures most likely to re­duce stress.

Peo­ple with mo­bil­ity-re­lated dis­abil­i­ties are among those set to ben­e­fit the most.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, said, “The ben­e­fits of con­nected and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles are life-chang­ing, of­fer­ing more peo­ple greater in­de­pen­dence, free­dom to so­cialise, work and earn more, and ac­cess ser­vices more eas­ily.

“While fully au­ton­o­mous cars will be a step change for so­ci­ety, this re­port shows peo­ple are al­ready see­ing their ben­e­fits.

“The chal­lenge now is to cre­ate the con­di­tions that will al­low this tech­nol­ogy to thrive, given how it will de­liver wider so­ci­etal ad­van­tages.”

Although fully con­nected and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles aren’t ex­pected to be­come main­stream un­til 2030, most new cars are now con­nected via sat nav or Blue­tooth, and more than half are avail­able with safety sys­tems such as col­li­sion warn­ing or au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

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