If you haven’t yet seen Google’s Auto Auto blog post and you are interested in Auto Auto, then by all means check it out and then come back here so that I can tell you why this is such a huge development in transportation.
I’ve been aware of DARPA’s funding of Auto Auto since the early ’80s. It wasn’t until its $1 million dollar prize challenge that the public at large became interested. A lot of folks don’t realize that DARPA funded projects were achieving pretty decent speeds and distances even in the early years of testing.
Google’s interest begs the question, “Why Auto Auto?” My take…
- Safer streets which can lead to lighter and more fuel efficient cars.
- Reduced traffic which can lead to shorter commute times and less fuel consumption.
- Less traffic deaths and accidents which lead to cheaper insurance.
- Automated drop-off and pick-up which can lead to parking place sanity.
- And most importantly, more free time to surf the net. That is where Google’s interest begins to makes sense.
Imagine a time in the near future when you dial your car or your car sharing service from your phone with instructions to pick you up in front of your home in 20 minutes. The car arrives with a driverless driver which then takes you to your destination while you dress for work… er read your online magazines… er blog… er etc…
My brother and I have had a longstanding bet as to the year in which Auto Auto will be a general accepted mode of transportation. He selected 2017. I selected 2023. With the recent passage of Auto Auto legislation in Nevada and Google’s recent success on the road, he might be closer than I could have anticipated.
In what year do you think Auto Auto will be ubiquitous?
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