Revealed: How the world as we know it will change thanks to driverless cars
A press release:
Futuristic video shows how driverless cars will impact city landscapes across the globe
Autonomous vehicles likely to be emission-free, leading to cleaner air in cities
The age of driverless cars could see people truly reclaim the streets and deliver safer, cleaner, less congested cities for everyone, new research suggests.
The Institute of Mechanical Engineers predicts that the UK could have a completely automated fleet by 2050 . As we prepare for a driverless future, the UK’s leading distributor of motoring parts, Euro Car Parts, has revealed how the introduction of autonomous vehicles will impact city landscapes and the environment across the world.
Cities around the world are already gearing up for a self-driving future. Driverless taxis will be trialled in Singapore in late 2016. The next year will see Volvo launch its DriveMe programme in Gothenburg, Sweden. Meanwhile, in Greenwich, the GATEway project will put self-driving shuttle buses on London’s streets for the first time.
Illustrating the findings through innovative 3D design and video, Euro Car Parts aims to show how the streets will adapt according to the new technology through a new research project http://www.eurocarparts.com/driverlesslandscape.
Key findings from the research include the reduction of parking space in cities, wireless communication with traffic signals, emission free transportation and constant circulating fleets of self-driving cars as public transport services.
With self-driving cars having the ability to travel closer together than cars of today, motorways could be half as wide as they currently are, while roads and parking spaces – which currently make up as much as half the land area of a city – will shrink .
All this free land area could completely change how people use urban space. Multi-storey car parks could be transformed into office space or amenities, boosting local businesses. And with parking no longer an issue, businesses could thrive in places where it previously wouldn’t have been possible .
After the introduction of driverless cars, we’ll no longer need road signs or traffic lights, as busy junctions could have super-hubs which communicate wirelessly with all vehicles in their area, with cars reading information from special road markings .
Autonomous vehicles are also likely to be emission free, leading to cleaner air in cities .
Paul Baylis, Head of Communications and PR at Euro Car Parts said: “The introduction of driverless cars across the globe is a huge technological feat for the automotive industry but we also want to show how this new innovation will affect the world around us.
“From the width of roads to the reduction of parking spaces and cleaner air across cities, this visualisation and research makes some really interesting revelations about how the landscape and environment will adapt to these changes in the automotive industry.”
To read the research which has influenced the video created by Euro Car Parts visit: http://www.eurocarparts.com/driverlesslandscape.