The Demand for Robot Cars Should Triple

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Fully automated cars or so-called robot cars have become a reality thanks to innovators like Elon Musk at Tesla. However, we’ve never asked ourselves whether we need them. I mean we know the obvious that we’ll burn fewer fossil fuels but that maybe it. Having said that, I’m pretty sure that car developers such as Tesla based their assumptions on research studies that demand for such cars will grow exponentially. A new research study that came out of Columbia University states that self-driving cars should triple the capacity of our highways. This was presented during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference on vehicle technology.

The study by Patcharinee Tientrakool found out that self-driving cars should increase efficiency by more than 43 per cent by reducing fuel and manual driving time. This will be achieved when a robot car will communicate with other automated cars on our highways. By having more cars driven by robots we can reduce the number of minor accidents such as bumper to bumper accidents. This is because robots will be more accurate in terms of speed and distance. If you’re interested to know more about this subject you should read this article by WIRED.com

My love for R2D2 from Star Wars

The idea of robots reminds me of R2D2 in Star Wars that was created by George Lucas and produced at Tony Dyson’s special effects studio. Dyson created four R2D2 units for the shooting of the movie. We’ve come a long way from the Star Wars movie to autonomous cars. When I was young, I was fascinated by just the idea of R2D2, a robot shaped like a trash can that can talk and communicate with us, humans. I used to dream that maybe one day we’ll have robots that will help us in our daily lives. This dream is becoming a reality and I am curious how it is going to develop.