From Driver to Deliverable: The Rise of Autonomous Travel
From the major tech giants to hotly funded start-ups, the road to autonomous travel is moving at a breakneck speed. Experts say that we’ll begin to see self-driving vehicles start to take over our roads within the next 5 years and, when they do, they will shift the paradigm of human behavior. Traffic will decrease as these vehicles learn to communicate with one another and entirely new service operations will arise. Among a form of utility, the automobile will be a point of connection and entertainment.
Take grocery delivery for example. Retailer Kroger is taking steps to further consumer convenience through a partnership with autonomous vehicle start-up, Nuro. The ‘car’, which is actually a much more compact, unmanned vehicle, will offer on-demand grocery delivery to provide a top of the line commerce experience. Starting in a few select cities as early as the beginning of 2019, this partnership will be key to watch as retailers continue their attempts at keeping up with the likes of Amazon.
This technology has the profound ability to change the way we think of transportation, how our cities are built, and how we interact with the world around us. A world with autonomous vehicles is safer, more efficient and more comfortable. When we think about the future, autonomous vehicles are approaching much faster than many people believe.