Self-driving cars are already well under production. In fact, the popular electric car company Tesla already has a form of Autopilot which, although requires the driver to still be attentive to the road and surroundings, will maintain your lane and slow down and speed up as necessary.
However, eventually, this technology will expand to the point where going to a destination is as simple as putting in an address and sitting back to take in a movie while your car does all the heavy lifting. It is also worth considering what other areas of industry will change with this new technology. That is why the following list of three industries that will greatly change with self-driving technology implemented has been assembled. They are, in no particular order, as follows:
- Delivery services
- Mass transit
Imagine ordering your favorite food and instead of seeing a delivery driver at your door, you instead see a vehicle that has brought you dinner. Self-driving technology allows food service to not only bring you takeout, but could also serve as a grocery delivery service to the elderly if they are unable to make it to the supermarket on their own.
One of the most obvious changes to industry would be mass transit. Ride sharing companies could now be served exclusively by self-driving cars which means they could run around the clock. This means that a ride will always be accessible, no matter what time it is.
Such technology could then be expanded to buses, trains and planes to make the transportation sector almost entirely autonomous, barring the humans required to maintain and repair each system. Because drivers and pilots would no longer be necessary, though, the fare for these transportation services will more than likely fall as well.
One of the sectors that could benefit greatly from self-driving technology but is often overlooked is manufacturing. There are a great number of moving parts in a given manufacturing plant, and these parts need to get from one area of the factory to the other at some point. Where humans have largely filled this role in the past, the manufacturing plant of the future could be designed in a way that simply delivers the finished product right at the shipping docks ready to be sent off to excited customers.
Evidently, self-reliant technology could majorly disrupt the above industries. However, it is unlikely that such changes would come any time soon, as these self-driving vehicles are still very much in their infancy — all while having their very functionality questioned.