Self Driving CarStepping into the future does mean leaving the past behind.

The new prediction that babies born today will not have to drive a car could mean different things, like a huge auto recycling surge to make way for autonomous vehicles.

The Prediction

The prediction was made by Henrik Christensen, who is a credible voice within the robotics community. He runs UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute. The prediction is definitely a shocking one, even if most people are aware of several companies testing out fully autonomous vehicles. Ford, GM, and even Daimler are some of the car companies that have stated their completely driverless vehicles will be cruising the street in as little as five years.

There is no telling what might happen between then and now, but the fact is that many car manufacturers seem to be confident that their vehicles will be ready to take over the way people drive.

Christensen believes that it will take a full 10 to 15 years to fully integrate these vehicles into society, but it will likely happen quickly. He believes that kids today do not have a hard time adapting to new technology, which will make this transition easier.

Christensen is a respected voice in his field, so his prediction is definitely making people talk. He goes on to predict that there is a strong possibility that car ownership will begin to dwindle down. There will be no point in owning vehicles but rather just riding in them to get to a particular destination.

Many factors could lead to this particular change that seems to be falling into place. For example, many people are starting to notice how much time is wasted commuting. Some people spend an hour in traffic when this hour could have been used in a more productive fashion. It is likely that people who value their time will love the idea of riding in a car that they will not have to drive.

There is also a chance that many parents will love the idea of having their children ride in a vehicle that is controlled by a much safer system. There is no doubt that inexperienced drivers have more accidents than those with more experience, but autonomous vehicles will be even more efficient.

Financial Impact

Another aspect of this movement is finances. The financial crash that the United States suffered shook up many Americans. Many have tried to find ways to cut down expenses. For one, many millennials are changing the way they travel. Many of them are not purchasing cars or trying to drive less altogether while others simply use public transportation or carpool services.

Many of these young people get to cut down on insurance, registration fees, gas, car payments, and many other expenses associated with owning a vehicle. It is easy to see how a whole generation of millennials may easily adopt a driverless transportation system. Keep in mind that these young kids are the ones having kids nowadays and will likely pass on their values.

It should be noted that there is a growing number of people who worry about vehicles and their effect on the environment. Cities throughout the United States are attempting to redesign their cities to encourage biking and walking. This drive to a more eco-friendly environment might also help push a driverless system since carpooling will be easier. Cities that are walk-friendly may still use driverless services, but it will not be as often, which could reduce the amount of cars at some point.

Cities may start pushing for this type of system to reduce accidents, the need for highway patrol, and reduce the need for parking spaces. This means that cities will be saving a lot more money, which can be distributed to other services that the citizens might need.

There are many factors that make it seem like Christensen’s prediction is definitely plausible. Cities, young parents, finances, and some of the other aforementioned points pushing this driverless car revolution may make it possible for babies born to day to never have to worry about driving a vehicle. The cars of today will become antiquated machinery like corded phones or old smartphones.