Self-driving Cars are Safer & 5 Years Away from Mass Production
By Max Howroute
The self-driving vehicles technology has got to the point today when it's 100% safer than a human driver operating vehicles. Google's self-driving cars are able to sense their surroundings, pedestrians and even stoplights and unlike a person they can see continuously 360 degrees around. These vehicles have completed more than 400,000 miles of autonomous driving to date. The cars are also able to better utilize road space. In the near future with a road full of driverless vehicles, cars can safely drive within close distance to each other, using less space, reducing traffic and travel times. The technology has been perfected and safe proof over recent years, but unfortunately the lawmakers are behind on the issue. So far only three states, Nevada, Florida and California have passed laws permitting completely driverless cars operation. Today, the biggest hurdle on the way to mass produce the self-driving vehicles is a price tag. As of 2013, the average cost to make a driverless car is $150,000. As with anything in brand new technology the cost is expected to go down as more time passes by. Based on my calculations, I can safely assume in about 5 years from now, the average base self-driving vehicles will be mass produced and sold for around $22,000, within a reach of most middle class families.