The Memphis News, a special weekly edition of The Daily News, featured Doering Fleet Management in a recent article. The article discusses the future of autonomous, electric vehicles in the automobile industry, prompted by Tesla’s release of their fully electric semi truck. Click here to check out the complete issue from The Memphis News (Vol. 10 No. 49).
The sleek, futuristic, driver-less Batmobile is no longer a thing of science fiction.
In 2015, the Audi A7 drove 550 miles by itself; in 2016, Olli, the autonomous minibus, was released on the streets of Washington DC and a few selected Pittsburg Uber users got to test their self-driving on Ford Fusion. Thirty-three groups of auto brands and tech giants are involved in this industry, with Google, Apple, and Tesla looking to deploy fully driverless level 5 (L5) autonomous vehicles well within the next decade.
Technology is constantly progressing and it seems to be evolving at the speed of light. Cars, trucks, and buses that operate without a driver behind the steering wheel are coming sooner than we expected and will most definitely change our lives. Computers began as mainframes and a decade later can be worn on a wrist. Technology evolution is rapid and profound and it’s coming to vehicles.
There’s no denying that autonomous vehicles hold a great potential for improving travel safety. Statistics from the National Safety Council estimate that there were approximately 40,000 deaths caused by vehicles in the United States in 2016 alone, making it one of the deadliest years yet. Autonomous vehicles (AV’s) have the power of safety and the ability to save lives, save injuries and save property damage.
It is time for a new wave of technology that promises to change commercial vehicle fleets forever. We’re talking about Autonomous Vehicles (AV). The transformation will be in part on the driverless phenomenon, but also the promises to increase overall productivity, lower the rate of accidents, cut traffic congestion, and reduce emissions in metro areas. The world of AV’s has people pooling to destinations, fewer cars on the road. Highways don’t need to be wider and infrastructure costs can plateau or contract. Parking structures can be built smaller in residential developments, in malls, and in office and industrial developments.