There’s no doubt that autonomous cars are going to be a big part of our future but they could do more than simply impact the way we move. Removing the time spent behind the wheel of the car could open up so many avenues for human productivity and output.
As the sci-fi prospect of getting around in a driverless car comes closer, it’s time to start thinking about the implications this has on our cities, the way we commute and how it impacts the job of driving but a more positive question is how this technology could improve us as humans.
Generally, I like to idea of driverless cars. I love working on the train, so why should doing it in a car be any different? When I’m in London or travelling in other countries, I like the flexibility of being able to call a car and get to a new place. Whether or not it has a driver doesn’t bother me.
However, there are a lot of other things we need to think about in terms of how human-driven cars will be impacted. Obviously, I don’t want driverless cars to push all other vehicles off the road.
For now, though, I want to look at how driverless cars might improve human productivity.
They’re saying that the HS2 train is going to harm productivity because the work that commuters could do on a long journey is going to be cut in half.
But, looking ahead to a future with driverless cars, people who previously drove, will be freeing up a lot of their time.
Imagine how your prep for that meeting would improve, or how much of that report you could get written.
I edit podcast episodes, reply to emails and write articles when I’m on the train, and on those days where I drive, I feel like I’m missing out.
My hours are valuable so when I drive to somewhere that’s difficult via train (most places when you’re in Norfolk), I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time. I try to make it productive by taking calls or listening to business podcasts but realistically, all I want to do is listen to loud music.
But what about motorsport?
Lease Car UK, has released some amazing designs for what driverless race cars might look like. I love this concept! Particularly this Bugatti design.
The campaign looks at famous cars remodelled as driverless. There are some fantastic looking autonomous cars here.
I’m really keen on the idea of the RoboRace series and while these race cars don’t have much to do with the betterment of human mobility, they are really cool.
Working in motorsport, I’m pretty such driverless cars aren’t going to impact the sport. In fact, I wonder if motorsport will become more of an outlet with ICE bans on the road in the near future.
What do you think about driverless cars?