Driverless cars? It’s already happening
Statistics show that more of us are buying cars with automated technology
Think you’re not ready for driverless cars? Think again.
In spite of the many people who claim they would never give up on the pleasure of driving themselves, there is growing evidence that aspects of our motoring lives are already becoming automated.
Data from JATO Dynamics reveals that increasing numbers of newly registered cars are now being sold with driverless technologies. Here are three significant trends:
- Collision warning. In 2010 only 7% of new cars registered came with collision warning – a system that alerts a driver to a potential crash and prepares the car for an emergency braking situation. Last year, that number had risen to 36% of all new car registrations.
- Automated parking. Similarly, the number of new cars registered which are now able to park themselves at the touch of a button increased from only 2% in 2010 to 12% in 2013.
- Blind spot monitoring (up from 2% to 23%) and adaptive cruise control (up from 7% to 17%), which uses radar to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, are some of the other accessories which are now starting to appear in everyday cars.
The UK Government has announced a £10m competition for cities to host driverless car trials, with fully autonomous vehicles likely to take to the streets from as early as January 2015.
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