Infographic: Are self-driving cars our future?

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There is no easy answer to that question as there is a myriad of factors that go into it.

If you think about the history of the powered automobile, it’s really not that old. The wheel, carts, buggies, and carriages have been around much longer. As we humans have developed our minds and technology, the time between innovations has drastically diminished. Things we never would have thought possible 50-years ago are possible today. Self-driving cars are one of those things.

We’ve explored the question, will self-driving cars ever be able to safely drive themselves, and came to the conclusion that the technology is developing but still some years away. Now we take a look at an infographic raising the question, are self-driving cars in our future?

There is no easy answer to that question as there is a myriad of factors that go into it. Not to mention, “our future” can be interpreted differently by different people. I honestly don’t think the technology will be mainstream and in day-to-day use while I am still alive. So, no, I don’t think self-driving cars are in my future. There are still many hurdles to jump from consumer and public acceptance, safety concerns, and infrastructure changes to our traffic grid and road and highway system.

Of course, there are reasons for wanting the technology active as soon as possible. Did you know that human error accounts for 81% of car crashes? Some are proposing that taking the human element off the roads with these cars may result in a safer future for all. In this infographic, provided by Hussey Fraser, we explore autonomous vehicle technology and look at the potential applications and disadvantages of using the technology on the road now.

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What did you think of self-driving cars? Do you think you’ll see this technology on our roads in your future? Or is this still a ways down the road? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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