Comment: ‘Driverless driving’ envisioned for 2020s
June 25, Online/Yomiuri Shimbun
In just 10 years or so, you may be traveling around comfortably, free from traffic jams and accidents, in a vehicle that drives itself.
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry (in Japan) will soon embark on a project to realize an “autopilot system” for automatic driving, a system for guiding motor vehicles on expressways without human assistance.
It’s interesting to see how much attention the subject of driverless cars is now getting.
This is not a technology that will have visible impact within ten years even with the advanced state the hardware and software have reached.
Beyond ten years, however, the picture is less clear and we may start seeing the development of not
just driverless cars, but a driverless system.
As a graduate student in the sustainable transportation program at the University of Washington
I’ve become increasingly interested in the subject as technological challenges have been overcome,
and social, legal and political considerations become more important.