Are driverless cars and pilotless aircraft feasible in the mass market? And is the transportation industry likely to make the shift?
In recent years, we've seen the vehicles become more and more autonomous. Most planes can fly themselves, only requiring occasional input from pilots. At the same time, cars are gaining features like adaptive cruise control and automated parking. However, are entirely autonomous commercial airliners and cars viable for the mass market?
The factors that contribute to whether autonomous vehicles will become commonplace or not aren't just limited to technology. Legal, social, and economic issues should also be considered. For example, autonomous cars can result in families only needing one car instead of two or three, as the car could just return home after dropping someone off at school or at work. This could potentially discourage manufacturers as it results in a decreased amount of sales in their product.
So, are driverless cars and pilotless aircraft viable in the mass market? And is the automobile/aircraft industry likely to make the shift?