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.