Panoramic views and spherical openness
Younger people in particular, however, will quickly learn to appreciate the security, efficiency and convenience offered by self-driving cars. The KPMG automobile insurance study expects early adopters aged between 15 and 44 to make up more than 80 percent of the market. This is the group for whom the “horseless carriage 2.0” will become a reality.
A departure from the need to the face the direction of travel, new opportunities for panoramic views, and vehicle interiors that offer an almost spherical openness. The self-driving pods at London Heathrow are pointing the way to the future: in the study carried out by the University of Bristol, these futuristic vehicles received the highest score out of all means of public transport at Britain’s biggest airport.
Fleets of these vehicles may be travelling on public roads by 2030 or 2035, but before that point arrives, various legal issues have to be resolved. Because as our cars change, so must the legislative framework governing our roads. One by one, traffic rules and regulations will need to be adapted to cater to autonomous driving.
The new E-Class is currently getting a head start on this trend as it undergoes testing on the state and interstate highways in Nevada. Autonomous driving in normal road traffic is then set to have its premiere in 2017 in California. The US state has proposed a set of rules and regulations that will allow the use of self-driving vehicles from next year, under the proviso that they must be fitted with a steering wheel and that the driver must be able to re-take control at all times.