10 Features Consumers Will Want To Watch Out For In Driverless Cars – Forbes
The onset of driverless cars is becoming more of reality day by day. As safety increases in these autonomous vehicles, vehicle owners are taking more notice and considering the possibilities ahead. With manufacturers such as Tesla, Uber and Google leading the charge, it is only a matter of time before one drives into your neighborhood.
Offering an abundance of features, these driverless cars are sure to intrigue vehicle owners and turn heads on the road. Additionally, self-driving vehicles could reduce traffic fatalities by roughly 90%, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and more than $190 billion in healthcare costs every year, according to a report by consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
Members of the Forbes Technology Council provide a glimpse of what consumers can expect from driverless cars that they aren’t able to take advantage of in their current vehicles.
1. Overnight Travel
Imagine being able to take off work on Friday, go home, pack, get in the car and go to sleep. The next thing you know, you wake up in an entirely new place. People will be able to travel much farther in the same amount of time when they can sleep instead of driving. Trips that would require an extended three- or four-day weekend could be done during a normal weekend. – Matthew Kolb, United States ZIP Codes
2. Lounge-Style Design
The driverless cars of the future will have interior-facing seating so that groups traveling together can talk and interact more easily. There’ll be no reason to always sit facing forward. The focus will be on enjoying the journey in a whole new way. – Charlie Youakim, Sezzle
3. Solar Power
Electric cars are becoming more popular because they eliminate the need for gasoline. Still, electric cars require some sort of natural resource. Being able to harvest solar energy eliminates this need and offers an eco-friendly solution that will also make a positive impact on our economy. – Arnie Gordon, Arlyn Scales
4. More Living Room Space
I’m most looking forward to having an extension to my living room. The way you use the space in a car will be a lot more relaxing when you don’t have to be behind the wheel. I can imagine playing games with my family or reading more. – Timothy Chaves, ZipBooks Online Bookkeeping Services
5. Full Windshield Augmented Reality Systems
There is much debate about augmented reality windshields because there is a concern of the technology blocking the driver’s view. Driverless cars will change this and offer passengers the ability to summon augmented reality screens a la the Iron Man movies. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster
6. Energy Efficiencies
Driverless cars will be able to optimize energy expended during the drive. Ways in which they could improve on current designs include being able to intelligently switch between group transit on freeways and independent navigation on local roads and the ability to coordinate with other cars to minimize braking, accelerating, idling and other bad driving practices. – Ketaki Rao, Jivox Corp.
7. Pattern Recognition And Customization
One of the main features I think driverless cars will offer passengers is the ability to look at the driver’s past patterns and create a driver persona of sorts. This will help in customization, resulting in a higher happiness quotient. – Venkat Viswanathan, LatentView Analytics
8. In-Vehicle Payments
Autonomous vehicles will feature in-vehicle payments to, from and among vehicle owners, fleet owners and rideshare participants. This also includes third parties like an automaker’s finance arm, insurers, toll operators, fuel stations and quick-service restaurants. – Bojan Simic, HYPR Corp.
9. Enhanced Safety
Driverless cars open up many possibilities for automobile design, but there are still practical considerations. Even though autonomous vehicles will be orders of magnitude safer than standard cars, most of the public probably won’t be comfortable with pure autonomy. Driverless cars will need a manual override, and that means any design needs to account for the logistics of a human operator, just like they do today. – Ben Lee, Neon Roots
10. AI-Inspired Perks
Driverless cars are powered by AI technology, so it’s only logical to assume that its impacts won’t stop at driving the cars. AI will provide us with a whole new experience when commuting. I can only hope and imagine that features such as sleep chambers, workstations and entertainment hubs will become the new standard in every car trip. – Nick Chandi, SlickPie Accounting Software