We dont live in the world of the Jetsons with their flying cars but we are getting one step closer. Autonomous or self-driving cars have become a thing and you can find them on the roads in some parts of the world. Last year the province of Ontario has allowed testing of fully autonomous cars on public roads.
How autonomous a car is varies, most autonomous cars on the road right now are only semi-autonomous; they still require some input from the driver. These autonomous cars use a number of different technologies tocontrol the cars different systems. They include front and rear facing cameras and a number of different sensors located on the car.
As the technology develops to create fully autonomous cars, manufacturers are looking to allow cars to talk to each other. They could communicate information such as their speed, location, and the environment around them. In a fully autonomous car, the car itself is your personal chauffeur. You will be able to watch a movie, relax, or get some work done as you sit in traffic.
Many people think they are a much better driver than the average person; I am probably guilty of this myself. The goal of autonomous cars is to help reduce driver error, reduce accidents on the road, and make the road as much safer place for everyone.
Drivers of semi-autonomous cars will be on the hook for any accidents or damages that occur while they are behind the wheel. Currently since there are no fully autonomous cars on the road there are no rules when it comes to accidents. You can be sure there will be lengthy discussions in the near future regarding autonomous cars.