It is unfathomable to think about a driver relaxing in the driver’s seat of a car, travelling down I-95 while reading a book. To many, that vision is the ultimate notion of distracted driving. However, in the next decade, this could be a regular occurrence. According to a recent study written by IHS Automotive, autonomous cars could be seen on American roads as soon as 2020.
Two months ago, fledgling car company Tesla appeared to be on a meteoric rise to superstardom. The electric sports car maker had received a slew of back orders for the release of its Model S, the car had performed well in crash tests, and the battery-powered car appeared to have the potential to change the market regarding gas powered cars.
The goal of producing an autonomous vehicle is arguably on the agenda of every major automaker in the world. Based on a number of media reports regarding the next wave of safety measures, it appears that several automakers are on their way to reaching their goals. In many 2014 models, more cars will feature crash avoidance and lane integrity systems, which could be precursors to autonomous vehicles.