Your Next Car Will Come With a Private Chauffeur Free for Life
From a distance, it looked like an ordinary Audi A7 in the bright Nevada sun — other than the unusual black and gray paint job, that is.
The driver, “Jack,” covered 500 miles of highway from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas to get Audi’s new prototype to CES last week.
But when I got closer, I noticed something different about his Audi.
“Jack” wasn’t a real person.
“Jack” was the autopilot.
Audi’s new A7 comes with “Audi piloted driving.”
Thanks to a maze of chips and sensors, Audi’s A7 is part of a new breed of automobiles that is going to upend the way we move from place to place.
If you’re not excited about this, you’re a real nut job.
Do you know what this means for your future?
In the very near future, instead of driving yourself, you are going to enjoy the services of your own personal chauffeur. And you won’t even have to pay for it.
Maybe you’ll even call him Jeeves and you’ll be able to summon your car with a tap of your smartwatch, like Audi’s CEO did last week.
Can you imagine?
Drivers log an average of 37 miles a day, nearly twice what they logged in 1980.
The U.S. Census Bureau says we spend nearly 50 minutes a day driving.
What would you do if you could get that time back?
Get a Ph.D. in the back seat of your car?
Learn Spanish… or even Mandarin?
Write the novel that’s been making you feel guilty for the last 10 years?
Audi isn’t alone in working on the new technology. Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept car it called the F 015. With wall-to-wall gesture-controlled displays and swiveling seats, the radical design is a zero-emissions self-driving lounge on wheels. Mercedes-Benz displayed it at the Consumer Electronics Show for one day last week before whisking it away to the Detroit Auto Show.
Other automobile manufacturers are also following suit in the race to bring self-driving cars to the road. Why the big push for cars that drive themselves? It isn’t just the coolness factor. More time on roads means more chances for accidents.
Successfully deploying this technology will keep you and your children safer.
Let’s face it, we aren’t the best drivers.
It reminds me of Elaine from Seinfeld driving in the episode where Kramer wears an unusually tight pair of jeans and can’t take them off…
“God, it is so great to drive again. I miss it so much! (Suddenly swerves to the right, and then yells out of her window.) How about a left turn signal, ya moron?!”
That’s the kind of driving self-driving cars can protect us from.
We’re losing 30,000 lives on our roads every year in the U.S., usually to human error or Elaine-esque moments.
Self-driving automobiles will take a big bite out of deaths and lessen congestion.
Computer-controlled cars will have faster reaction times, allowing cars to go faster and pack closer together.
When Minority Report came out in 2002, safe self-driving cars felt like a pipe dream.
But self-driving car safety isn’t so theoretical anymore, by the way. And Audi’s car isn’t really breaking any records, either. Google’s self-driving cars have already piloted hundreds of thousands of miles of our roadways — without a single accident.
The story everyone’s missing…
Cars are becoming smarter and more connected.
But the best way to play the self-driving car trend won’t be the automobile manufacturers.
It will be the companies making it possible for automobiles to be smart enough to drive themselves. That’s players like the self-driving car booster Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and other technology companies that make the processors and connectivity components needed to make it happen, like Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM).
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P.S. Experts are predicting the first self-driving cars will hit the auto dealerships in five years. Will you buy a self-driving car when it’s available? Vote RIGHT HERE.