The latest issue of Popular #Science devotes a major story to the development of self driving cars within the research arm of the ride sourcing firm, Uber. It is a good read and a detailed look at the state of autonomous cars at the present. Robots we are starting to understand are becoming more and more prevalent in our lives. As I write this, the platform spelling robot automatically corrects my spelling. 70-80 percent of the time it does it correctly and it understands my intent before I do. No lives hang in the balance with a spell check robot, but self driving cars are another matter indeed. Some changes are scary, some helpful, some just irritating like the spelling robot.

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But with self driving cars and other robotic applications, the future is here now. Hang on because more change is coming.

For many that drive for a living autonomous trucks and some changes are scary, some helpful

It is understood that the huge group of workers that drive cars or transportation vehicles for a living will be impacted greatly. Said to be the largest single category of male worker in America, planners are just starting to come to terms with the changes that will soon be wrought. Insurance companies have predicted that the cost of insuring a car will be about 40% less than it is today. The home delivery of #Retail merchandise will be affected and will have to adapt to the new technology to accommodate various types of autonomous drones both in the air and on the sea.

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Already many ocean going tankers are semi-autonomous, with human sailors just there to provide backup. Human ingenuity and robot efficiency are predicted to manifest a monumental change in human lifestyle.

Helping folks with disabilities who use self driving cars will be a "godsend"

People with all types of disabilities are waiting anxiously for the development and integration of autonomous cars within our societies. With the advent of reliable legal and insurable transportation robots we will enter a new era of industrial development of the transportation sector. Giving disabled and underage people access and mobility will change the way medicine is delivered and in some medical emergency cases, save lives. Many pundits including some like the editors of Live Science today say, "the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years." Well maybe self-driving cars are just a small step toward that circumstance but it is here now and being tested in all the major countries of the world.

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