Intelligent vehicles will drive a social revolution
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.