Seamless Travel : Self-driving Cars From Google (And Soon Others!)

Who needs cars when we have a fleet of these at the ready? Are you ready for seamless travel?

About 10 years from now, the local travel experience could be completely different – for some that is – those that simply see cars as an object which can take them from point A to point B, as opposed to a status symbol. Imagine subscribing to a car service – when you need a car, you simply press a button on your phone. The ETA will appear on your phone and it will buzz when the car has arrived. You get in, it automatically takes you to the store, then goes away. When you are ready to come home, you call another car, which takes you back. You can even send it to pick up your kids from school, pick up your groceries at the store (your order has of course already been placed automatically by the systems which manage your kitchen and your house) or any other errands you might need done.

Of course, like Google Glass, even if this doesn’t end up being the final form factor for most autonomous cars, Google has pushed the envelope once again, and car manufacturers will not only respond, my guess is that a whole new set of companies might spring into being to also build cars like these. Now is the time to start thinking about a world with autonomous cars would look like – how would something like that affect your business?

Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.

The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.

Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks like a city car with a “friendly” face, designed to make it seem non-threatening and help people accept self-driving technology.

via BBC News – Google is to start building its own self-driving cars.