THE GOVERNMENT wants to see fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles on the roads by 2021. A major benefit is that they will cut down on traffic jams, as the cars will ‘talk’ to each other and drive more consistently than humans.
Also, as people live longer, it means we have a lot more older people who aren’t as independent or healthy as they used to be. Driverless cars will allow people to get around more easily even if they’re old, disabled or have vision problems.
“It’s going to be an enabler to break down isolation, and I think people see that,” says Andy Frost from Westfield Autonomous Vehicles, who built the pods.
They could also benefit people who are simply tired and want to rest, or would rather chat to friends or family instead of driving.