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Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Learn why biking backward to the future isn’t possible and discover why autonomous driving is the real route forward

August 02, 2018

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The autonomous driving is on hype, and a lot of experts want to share their thoughts that sometimes are way too reckless. Let’s take the Wired article: “The Vehicle of the Future has Two wheels, Handlebars, and is a Bike.”

Would the author have the same opinion if challenged to ride 300km on a bike, even an electric or autonomous bike?

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

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Moving up a gear to the future of transportation? 

Riding a bike to work can be a good idea. But the reality is a lot different when you consider the extra time lost for the journey distance alone. Not to mention arriving to work dripping with sweat. Your appearance disheveled to say the least, and missing documents from the bag you’ve been carrying while trying to stay upright.

While you concentrate on your surroundings to navigate your bike through crowds, traffic and pedestrians, you’re left with little time to battle the weather, time constraints and even think about the day ahead.

Aside from the practicalities mentioned, is there any wonder why our generation has been striving to advance the automotive industry for decades?

Cycling cities in the race to improve 

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

The Dutch are renowned worldwide for their cycling. If the system worked so well, wouldn’t it be wise to improve and promote it?

Yet KPMG’s recent Automated Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) report revealed that The Netherlands are clearly the world’s most autonomous vehicle ready country. Their vision for the future of transportation is clear. They are now years ahead of other countries in embracing autonomous driving as the leading source of technological growth.

Readiness of countries to welcome autonomous vehicles

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Source: KPMG – Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index

The convenience of autonomous cars 

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Now consider, arriving to work with your mental and physical state intact. Hidden from harsh noise and weather conditions, you’ve had the time to speak to colleagues on your built-in communications system. Maybe caught up on the latest conference in the integrated heads up display. Or had the chance to indulge in a 30-minute nap to unwind on the way home.

Read more: Learn what the drivers will do in self-driving cars since they will have more free time thanks to automation of driving tasks

Extra time to concentrate on the important things 

This concentration and hands-free journey lead to:

  • An increase in work productivity
  • Availability for conferences while in transit
  • Precious time to spend doing exactly what you want

The average daily commute outside the U.S. is 38.6 minutes, and for the U.S. increases up to 53 minutes.

Comparision of time and money spent on commuting between the US and other countries

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Source: City Observatory – Sprawl as City Observatory Sees It

Autonomous vehicles will travel up to 5 times faster than the current average of 33km/h of conventional transport. At the very least you get to have an extra hour of the day to spend on work, rest or play.

Autonomous vehicles will dispense communities to a wider range

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

In the future, people will live up to 300km away from work, due to overpopulation in urban areas. Thanks to autonomous driving, the journey will still take less than an hour with the advances in technology.

The stressful inconvenience of commuting will be over. It will be easier to order your ride from a professional car sharing service like Uber, than to navigate the headache of the public transport system for a 300km journey.

Read more: Get insights into the rapidly developing car sharing industry and the impact of autonomous driving technology on the market

Other benefits of an autonomous transport system 

Autonomous driving isn’t just beneficial for the individual, look at how it improves our society. Each progression in autonomous technology paves the way for a safer, faster and more economical way of living. 

What else apart from a self-driving car? 

  • Hyperloops 
  • Higher speeds for traveling 
  • Reduced traffic 
  • Less traffic jams 
  • Lower risk of fatalities on the road 
  • Human error is diminished 
  • Cheaper to maintain
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Hyperloops are on the horizon

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Several companies, such as Hyperloop One, are working on autonomous driving pods that take the passenger from door to door of their journey. They plan to utilize the Hyperloop Tunnel by creating small, individual pods that can join onto the train and exit at their destination.

V2X connectivity

By communicating with other vehicles, infrastructure, and real-time cloud data, autonomous vehicles adapt to their surroundings to ensure higher speeds, less time sitting in traffic and a remarkable reduction in road fatalities.

Progress of V2X technology

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Autonomous vehicles will play a big role in delivering a much safer environment because they follow the rules of the road, and disregard the possibility for human error, which is the leading cause of all car accidents.

I expect that our children will live in a world where humans are not allowed to drive. 1.2 million Deaths are caused by traffic accidents every year. 95% of those are due to human error.

Maarten Steinbach, Professor of TU Eindhoven University
Read more: Learn why V2V, V2I, V2X, and other communication systems are essential for autonomous future

The world is on the cusp of a transport revolution 

Gone are the days where we rely on human judgment alone to progress our journey. That’s why Intellias build safe, adaptive and AI-based automotive software at the forefront of Automotive R&D. We accelerate OEMs and Tier 1 companies’ autonomous vehicle launches by expanding their in-house engineering capacity, to bring the most exciting autonomous ideas to life.

It is Autonomous Technology that will really transform our lives, because for the first time in history, mobility freedom will be available for everyone, everywhere.

Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG International

Economic impact of autonomous driving proliferation is huge

Within ten years, the economic impact of autonomous driving will create up to $1 trillion for the US economy.

The World Economic Forum anticipates driverless vehicles will generate $1 trillion in “economic benefit to consumers and society” over the next 10 years, and autonomous driving features will help prevent 9% of accidents by 2025 with the potential to save 900,000 lives in the next 10 years.

MIT Technology Review Insights

Fast forward to 2040, autonomous vehicles are expected to amount to 25% of the global market. By 2050 revenue is projected to generate up to $7 trillion according to an estimate by Intel Corporation and Strategy Analytics.

Global service revenue generated by autonomous driving in 2050 (US$ millions)

Why Wired is Wrong about the Future of Transportation

Read more: Curious how a self-driving car could save you money? Driverless technology reduces spending on fuel, parking, insurance, healthcare, and fines

A two-wheel utopian delusion 

The utopian view of an electrical bike society can never be a reality, nor indeed become the main source of travel for any society, unless you are off the grid. But then it wouldn’t be electric. Bikes are a lifestyle choice, not a life-changing mode of transportation for the future.

However, a tangible future of transport is already here. And it comes in the shape of small, individual egg-like “cars”, operated by a professional car-sharing service similar to Uber. Creating a world where intelligent, driverless vehicles get us from A to B at higher speeds and with almost zero road incidents. What more could you ask for?


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