The Older Generation May Contribute to the Success of Autonomous Vehicles
Oct 25, 2013 13:27
Just when will autonomous cars go mainstream? While a lot of people don't want to give up driving the cars themselves, companies may get a helping hand from the older demographic.
The elderly are more open to choosing self-driving cars as they provide mobility for those not able to drive anymore. 90 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error, which is something non-existent in autonomous cars.
Many of these accidents are caused by seniors, according to data from Japan. Of the 4,411 people who died on Japanese roads in 2012, more than half (2,264), were 65 or older.
‘‘Autonomous driving could be very helpful to people who have physical challenges, or the elderly,” said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president of Nissan.
Toyota said earlier this month that it would introduce systems in about two years that will allow cars to communicate with each other to avoid crashes. Nissan received a permit to test autonomous cars on Japan’s public roads and plans to introduce a self-driving car by 2020.
Could the older generation be the success of autonomous vehicles?
Technology has come on leaps and bounds over the past few decades, but there is just one that is going to change the face of the earth within the next one, driverless cars. It may still seem like a thing of fantasy and science-fiction now, but within so many big companies pushing what’s possible. There’s Google, Intel, Uber, Volvo, Audi, Tesla and a whole host of other world-dominators. Read more
Just a few years ago, the majority of cars were manuals. Automatic gearboxes were seriously expensive and a luxury only the wealthy could afford. Over time, as with so many other things, prices came down, and automatic cars went mainstream, especially in the US. Today, most people drive an automatic, something that was unthinkable forty years ago, just like it was unthinkable that most people would have airbags. But it happened, nonetheless. Read more
It’s a sad fact that car accidents are very common all around the world, and one of the leading causes of death, even in developed nations. It’s also an unfortunate fact that the large majority of traffic collisions are caused by human error in some way. While most people will stick to road laws and drive carefully, there’s no such thing as a perfect driver. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents, and how you can avoid them. Read more