Self-driving cars are on their way. Automotive manufacturers from BMW to Ford are ramping up efforts to get self-driving cars on the roads, as are technology companies such as Apple and Google. In fact, Google spent last summer testing their version of the self-driving car on roads throughout California. Conservative estimates forecast that there will be 10 million self-driving cars on North American roads and highways by 2020. The question isn’t will there be self-driving cars, but rather how many people will purchase a self-driving car? As with any technology, it is important for people to educate themselves about the product before buying it. Here then are 10 things everyone should know about self-driving cars.
10. Many Cars Already Have Self-Driving Features
Completely autonomous self-driving cars will be a major leap forward, and they have the potential to revolutionize urban transit in cities around the world. However, self-driving cars are not springing out of thin air. Rather, the first generation of self-driving cars are building incrementally on many of the self-driving features already found in vehicles today. We’re talking here about features such as cruise control, parking assist and other elements that enable cars to accelerate, brake, and steer with limited or no driver involvement. Automakers have been developing more and more autonomous features for cars for years now, and they have all led to the point we’re at now where completely autonomous self-driving cars are set to hit the roads.