Our View: The future is now for self-driving cars

The future is never ever as far as we believe. When it comes to self-driving vehicles, the future is already here.That’s why

we mored than happy to hear that Maine Legislature will be taking up a bill to offer cities and towns the legal structure they need to take part in pilot programs for self-governing buses.

Google's self-driving prototype car is unveiled in 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. Supporters say driverless cars may one day be far safer than those with humans at the wheel, since the machinery won't drive distracted, drunk or drowsy.

Google’s self-driving model automobile is unveiled in 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. Fans state driverless cars might one

day be far more secure than those with humans at the wheel, since the machinery will not drive distracted, drunk or sleepy. Associated Press/Tony Avelar Browse pictures readily available for purchase: Image Shop → A logical initial step would be the Portland waterside, where traffic slows to a crawl during high demand times of year as restaurants and shoppers hunt for parking. Other Maine communities could likewise benefit from a versatile, affordable public transit option to move people at busy times.That may sound

like a concept for another time, a time far into the future. But the day when fully autonomous automobiles are on the roadway is not as far off as numerous may think.There are vehicles on the road right now that can park themsleves, control speed and even steer autonomously. Ford Motor Co. just recently revealed that it’s committing its Detroit production facility to building a totally self-driving car. The business plans to have it ready in 2021, in less than four years.The ride-hailing app Uber has actually clocked more than 1 million self-governing miles over the in 2015, with a fleet in three cities, including the icy, potholed streets of Pittsburgh.As the innovation takes hold, it’s easy to see how it might change city life. If they can get a flight whenever they need one, less people will wish to drive and keep their own cars. That means less requirement for parking, and smoother streaming traffic.It might also alter the economics of inexpensive real estate. Right now, the places with the most jobs– state Portland’s Old Port or the community around Maine Medical Center– are some of the most costly places to live. Housing is less expensive outside the city, but just if you can afford to own and run a car. Lowering transportation expenses for people getting to work is successfully reducing real estate costs.The problems with incorporating antonymous lorries to our streets might wind up being more about culture than technology. Some individuals state they will never feel safe in a robot-driven lorry, however some individuals stated that about

horseless carriages and aircrafts. Everybody has to bear in mind that autonomous lorries will never ever check out a text, apply makeup or support the wheel intoxicated the way people do every day. The cars likewise will not speed, disobey traffic signals or have explode with roadway rage.It’s going to take some time to totally introduce this technology, however it’s not prematurely for the Legislature to start laying the ground work for the next era of transportation.Autonomous cars are going to become part of our future. And the future is simply about here.

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