Will self-driving cars change the face of transport?

Driverless vehicles are no longer the stuff of science fiction; self-driving cars are becoming a reality. These vehicles can sense their environments and navigate without a human driver using advanced technologies including GPS, radar, and lidar, to respond to sensory information and find the best navigation paths, identify obstacles, and follow signage. Many big car brands have already released versions of self-driving cars or plan to release them in the near future, to try and stay ahead of technology companies and transportation apps which are also racing to bring out this technology. How are driverless vehicles likely to affect our world?

What are the advantages?

From taxi drivers to bus drivers and delivery vehicles, the many industries that rely on drivers are likely to change in the future as a result of technology. What’s the upside of the technology? Once the driverless vehicle technology has been refined, these cars will be safer than conventional ones because they will have the ability to detect obstacles and react quicker than human drivers. This might also lead to higher speed limits and more efficient travelling which would mean less traffic congestion. This, in turn, would mean fewer carbon emissions and more eco-friendly roads. Self-parking cars may allow for less space being required for parking resulting in more space being available in our cities.

What are the disadvantages?

One concern is that it could result in job loss as drivers are replaced by safer and cheaper technology. As technology develops in this area, will our societies develop other areas of employment for people whose skills are no longer needed? The fleet industry might be particularly affected by the advent of the self-driving car. It could totally change our idea of fleets and the industries related to transport, it might even require us to rethink how we build our roads and lay out our cities since driverless vehicles might be smaller and require less space. How will the advent of driverless cars affect litigation: who will be held responsible for accidents involving these vehicles where there is damage to property or loss of life? Law relating to this technology has yet to be formalised.

Technology and your fleet

Self-driving cars are being hailed as the biggest change of our generation, this technology is likely to change our lives in many different ways. But until then… Avis Fleet are using technology to benefit customers. Managing a company fleet is a dynamic business: a company must keep track of daily fuel expenditure, traffic fine infringements, a driver’s whereabouts and much more. In addition, fleet requirements are fluid, with a new fleet solution having to be devised from time to time to keep up with your evolving strategic and business needs. All of this requires accessible and easy-to-comprehend information.

Gone are the days of thick reports; welcome simplified fleet reporting tools.

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