An autonomous vehicle, also known as a driverless vehicle refers to a self-driving vehicle with an ability to sense. These vehicles use a fully automated driving system that is capable of responding to external conditions that a human driver can manage. Compared to manually-driven cars, autonomous vehicles have other advantages apart from being environmentally friendly. They reduce the risk of vehicle crashes as its software is designed to make fewer mistakes, reduce road congestion that comes with irresponsible driving, and allow people with disabilities to drive to places. It also reduces driver fatigue and makes overnight journeys easy.

With many tech giants such as Apple, Toyota, Google, and Tesla exploring this new technology, these are the trends that make anticipating the future exciting.

The First Level 5 Autonomous Car: The development of an autonomous car is divided into five stages and with the currency developments, manufacturers are hopeful for a level 5 car.

  • A Completely Unassisted Drive: Going on a road trip in a totally technology-run vehicle will soon be possible, thanks to automation.
  • Autonomous Trucking will become a Reality: Autonomous driving technology is set to transform the logistics industry as well with self-driving trucks.
  • Autonomous Ride-Sharing: The future doesn’t just involve owning a self-driving car, but also using autonomous car fleets for ride-sharing, reducing the dependency on fuel, and being good for the planet.
  • Diverse autonomous features: It’s not just the navigation that autonomous technology will boost, other automatic features like in-car virtual assistants and AR features will be an add-on.