What Does the Future Hold for Autonomous Cars and Auto Shippers?
We like to cover a lot of ground here at American Auto Shipping, because it’s not just one demographic that needs a car shipped. Many people, from all walks of life, have the need for vehicle shipping, and this includes dealerships, which is why it’s important that we cater to their needs and their interests just like anyone else. If you haven’t seen, autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming all the rage – who doesn’t want a car that can drive itself? This time last year, we wrote an article about how Nissan is looking at launching their own autonomous vehicle, and how that may impact the auto transport industry on the whole. Fast-forward a year, and you’ll be amazed at what’s changed; not only has Nissan continued to work on their autonomous unit, but other companies are getting in on the ground floor including Google, who is now eyeing the autonomous vehicle sector and getting everyone excited in the process. At the end of the day, it seems that autonomous driving is going to be the new norm for us here in the States, and electric drivetrains for autonomous cars are likely going to be the go-to engine at the end of the day.
So, how does this new technology affect us on the day-to-day level? Let’s think about it. If autonomous cars become an every day thing and we start seeing them more and more, dealerships will likely see less product being moved, since more and more people are going to be buying autonomous vehicles that should, theoretically, last for years – or at least the same as most standard cars. But here’s something else: as we make the switch to driverless vehicles, what’s going to happen with the roads? Chances are traffic jams are going to become a thing of the past – if computers are talking to each other, making sure that nothing bad is happening to the cars they’re in (i.e. accidents – computers talk to each other to prevent accidents is where we’re going here), doesn’t it stand to reason too that traffic is going to become a thing of the past? Autonomous vehicles can easily figure out the best configuration among all the vehicles on the road, don’t forget. This will also likely lead to an increase in ride-sharing programs, where a group of people end up carpooling in Tom’s new autonomous car because no one else wants to drive at seven o’clock in the morning.
What about things like parking spaces? Think about it: why would we need them, if autonomous cars are the next big thing? We’ll likely need some type of storage facility for autonomous cars, but say you’re carpooling to work – why would you need to have your car parked at the office? Your car could be programmed to take you to work at a certain time and to make sure they arrive at a certain time, meaning you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your car while you’re busy making money. This could cut down on the number of parking lots in big cities and even in smaller downtowns, and what this does is open up more room for cities to build aesthetically-pleasing locales that will entice and encourage their citizens to enjoy the town. This sounds hokey, but it’s a big part of the nationwide revival of the typical American city – redevelopment, urban renewal, city beautification and downtown redevelopment are all focusing on aesthetics; the more pleasing an area is to the eye, the more likely people are to enjoy it, to let it make them happy, and the more likely people are to want to buy things, because we love buying things. It sounds nutty but it’s actually true.
And now we get to the crux of the issue: auto transport. How does this affect auto transportation services? Well, autonomous cars will likely have some pretty drastic effects on the world of car shipping, but to what extent we have no idea. Logistics-based industries are constantly trying to fit in new technology into their fleets in order to maximize efficiency, so it’s possible we’ll see companies trying to fit in autonomous systems into existing trucks, though how well this will work no one knows. Likely what will happen is a slow change; auto shipping isn’t going anywhere because at the end of the day autonomous cars are still cars, and there will still be plenty of situations where you’d rather have your driverless car shipped instead of driving itself. But it’d be nice if the highways opened up; not having to deal with as many people on the road, and fewer traffic jams on account of so many autonomous cars, might actually help transit times between major metro areas, and could cut down on fuel consumption due to less time spent idling in traffic.
These are only a few examples, and we won’t know just how much of an impact autonomous vehicles are going to have on our lives and our industry. But one thing’s for sure: they’re coming, sooner rather than later, and we’re all going to have to prepare for them. As it stands now, autonomous cars are going to revolutionize the way we live, work and commute, with far-reaching implications that we likely will fail to even forecast, let alone predict and prepare for. Make sure to keep up on our blog and follow along as we uncover more about autonomous cars as we learn about them, and as always you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from safe, dependable and reliable auto transport companies. That’s what we do: we get you quotes to ship your vehicle, whether it needs a driver or not, and can help you with anything auto-transport-related. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents; they can give you the lowdown on the industry and offer helpful and timeless advice on how to get the most out your auto transport experience.