A look at self driving vehicles

Posted: November 25, 2015 in Automobile


You can’t stop progress… I remember at least fifteen years ago making minor cosmetic repairs on a Dodge Colt that was converted into an electric vehicle. I remember thinking that there were no way big oil companies would allow Chrysler Motor Corporation or anyone else for that matter to mass produce electric vehicles.

I was wrong. Sleek luxurious Teslas are roaming around our streets and highways as if they were there from the beginning of times. Completely electric Nissan Leaf is a popular addition to our streets. Ugly BMW cousin, i3 model is everywhere on public roads. Every major parking lot in the city of Los Angeles has parking spots where you can recharge your electric vehicle.

“Big Oil” couldn’t stop it; no one could stop it. Electrical vehicles are here and they are here to stay. They are cheaper, as far as energy consumption. They are better for the environment. They are quiet and they are simply the way of the future.


But wait, there is more. Technology giant, Google has been testing and programming vehicles to drive themselves for the past five years. These vehicles have been spotted on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas. These vehicles do not have a steering wheel or pedals for brake and acceleration. It is very exciting yet scary. Imagine not having any control over your vehicle. It’s an extremely radical idea, at least for me, but I better start getting used to it.

Tesla is taking it a step at a time. For now they installed an auto pilot with their latest update. Driver who still has control of the vehicle can switch it on auto pilot and observe it drive itself for a while. Tesla owners rave about its ability to learn and adapt to roads and highways.

Apple, who is a little more discreet about their research, is quietly working on their version of self driving automobile. Forget the i-phone; expect the i-mobile on the roads soon. How soon?

Japanese government has ordered Nissan Corporation to have a self driving vehicle ready for 2020 Summer Olympics to transport athletes from the Olympic Village to the events.

Imagine all the possibilities. Imagine self driving automobiles taking care of our senior citizens. Still, for me it is a scary thought to allow computer to operate my automobile. It is a revolutionary idea. However consider that 95% of all accidents on our roads are due to human error. If computer can reduce that number in half it will free up our roads and will take a lot less time for our commute. It will also free up some of our time since during our commute we will have the opportunity to catch up on our phone calls or reading the news.

Aside from revolutionizing Automobile industry self driving vehicles will completely change collision repair industry, Fifty percent less accidents means at least fifty percent less collision repair centers. And those collision repair centers that plan to survive better learn a great deal about information technology.

 It’s an exciting time to be alive. Brace yourselves; get ready for the ride of your life!



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