DRIVER­LESS CARS

DRUM - - In The Classroom -

Imag­ine trav­el­ling to school in a car with­out a driver. Does this idea scare or ex­cite you? It could be­come a re­al­ity much sooner than you think! By 2020 we could have trucks, taxis and buses driv­ing around on nor­mal roads with­out any hu­man in­put. Uber, the on­line taxi ser­vice, an­nounced last year that be­tween 2019 and 2024 it will in­tro­duce 24 000 driver­less cars for car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers. Sev­eral tra­di­tional car man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as Audi and Volvo, have al­ready de­signed driver­less ve­hi­cles that will be­come avail­able soon.

Most of these cars are pow­ered by elec­tric mo­tors us­ing recharge­able bat­ter­ies. Some have a sys­tem where con­trol can be taken back by the driver but many don’t even have steer­ing wheels – you sim­ply punch in your des­ti­na­tion on its com­puter sys­tem and you’re on your way!

One of the big­gest pluses of driver­less ve­hi­cles is they can use ex­ist­ing roads.

A self-driv­ing car, part of Uber’s test­ing pro­gramme in San Fran­cisco, USA.

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