Self-driving cars to be dominant by 2050

January 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Numerous auto companies are upgrading technologies and testing out new models to make way for the future. While updated infotainment systems, safety features and increased security are all common details included in newer vehicles, but they will all likely be eclipsed by the autonomous abilities that are just around the corner.

A recent study from IHS Automotive predicted that there will be 54 million self-driving cars on the road by 2035, and they could make up nearly all vehicles on the road by the year 2050, The Detroit News reported. This could be good news for all drivers, passengers and pedestrians, as there are expected to be many safety benefits with this new technology.  

"There are several benefits from self-driving cars to society, drivers and pedestrians," said Egil Juliussen, an analyst for IHS Automotive, as quoted by The Detroit News. "Accident rates will plunge to near zero for SDCs, although other cars will crash into SDCs, but as the market share of SDCs on the highway grows, overall accident rates will decline steadily. Traffic congestion and air pollution per car should also decline because SDCs can be programmed to be more efficient in their driving pattern." 

One of the major roadblocks holding autonomous technologies back is the hesitancy of some drivers to hand over control. After all, they will still have to monitor vehicle maintenance and keep an eye out for potential car repair needs, as even one faulty part could cause harm. 

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