Self-driving cars have gone from being the car of the future to being the car of the present. We're in a period of exponential discovery and growth when it comes to the capabilities of self-driving vehicles, but over on Forbes, Christop Meyer has contributed a timely reminder to the conversation - the future of self-driving cars can, and should be, a green one.
"The default expectation is that... autonomous vehicles (AVs) will bring on an idealistic future that is safer, better, and greener. Yet this is no foregone conclusion. Certainly, AVs may turn out to be cleaner than current vehicles. Yet, there's also the risk that they may lead to huge increases in miles driven due to lower costs of personal transportation, thus offsetting any environmental gains at the micro level."
While self-driving cars are slowly, in small numbers, making their way on to our roads, the direction they will is still very much up for discussion. We are in the trial phase of a technology that will, at some point in the future, become a big part of our lives. This is the optimal time to prioritize green technology, and Christoph Meyer does a great job of explaining how the cars of the future could help the future of our very planet. The future is bright and it is, hopefully, green.
Find out how self-driving cars could make or break the green future of transportation over on Forbes.