We are on the precipice of witnessing a massive change on our roadways, and this change is approaching as swiftly as the year 2020. According to a recent study, self-driving cars are in such rapid production at this point, that no less than 10 million units could be navigating their way through the streets of our cities within the next 3 years.

Investing in the future

This enormous change in transportation is being driven forward by giants such as Tesla, Mercedes, Google and BMW, who intend to implement the changes as quickly as possible. The report analyzed the current condition of self-driving cars and tried to map out the progression in the industry over the next five years.

There are two types of self-driving cars being created at this point – semi-autonomous and fully autonomous. While semi-autonomous cars are already available through certain brands in some parts of the world, fully autonomous cars are expected to take to the roads by 2019. These will be able to drive you from Point A to Point B without the need for any human assistance whatsoever.

Implications of study

Having the technology to create self-driving cars is not enough to launch these marvels into the market. We need to create the necessary supporting infrastructure in order to assist this giant leap forward. A.I-powered cars are sure to not only prevent accidents on-road, but they will also reduce traffic congestions and make daily transportation a lot more convenient and pleasurable overall.

A lot of designers are also looking at the nature of autonomous cars and have now begun to wonder if the cars have to be cars at all. People have begun to visualize workstations, living rooms and bedrooms, elegantly sharing the space with the self-driving mechanism in order to change the way we look at transportation entirely.

The next three years are sure to be exciting times due to these constant developments in the field of vehicles, and we might encounter more applications of this technology than we ever imagined possible.