Driverless cars are on the way and Australia may be able to play a part in manufacturing them, according to the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA).
RAA’s Future Mobility Forum took place in Adelaide yesterday and one of the main topics of discussion was the future of self-driving cars.
Prior to the event, RAA General Manager Public Affairs Penny Gale said in a statement, “South Australia’s manufacturing industry has gone through a lot in recent years, particularly as we move towards the imminent exit of all vehicle manufacturing in SA by 2017.
“The ideas we’re talking about here might create new opportunities for our local motoring industry, whether we build the driverless cars here in SA, or build the robots that will help build those vehicles. It shows a lot of promise.”
Speaking at the forum, former VP at General Motors and adviser to the Google Car Self-Driving Car Project, Larry Burns lead discussions about what travel will look like in the years to come.
“The future of transportation is really exciting and cars that drive themselves are much closer than many people realise,” said Mr Burns.
In fact, as cnet.com reports, the technology has come so far that in California driverless cars are already road-legal.
In addition, trials of the cars have taken place in Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Sweden; and the UK will allow trials on public roads in January next year.