This summer, Drive.ai will be starting a six-month program in Frisco, Texas, to launch its driverless car program. Drive.ai isn’t offering rides to the public quite yet, and at the outset, Drive.ai’s vehicles will include human drivers, who can intervene in the event of failure in the vehicle’s underlying automatic mechanisms. The human role is limited, however, and Drive.ai intends to phase out live drivers until the vehicles become fully automatic. If all goes according to the company’s plan, driverless cars could be on the road at the conclusion of the six-month pilot program, at the end of 2018.
The benefits of driverless cars are easy to see: less traffic, diminished need for parking lots, and the ability to work or watch tv while being driven. In time, there may even be lowered costs associated with personal transport.