Does your commute involve a car? Odds are, yes. 74% of Americans who work in metropolitan areas commute by car. The rest of the time, our cars sit idle, waiting for us to need them about 95% of the time, taking up a great deal of space. A significant amount of real estate in our cities is dedicated to cars that are not in use, between the surface lots, parking garages, and curb-side spots.
Surely, this valuable real-estate could be put to better use, such as housing, employment opportunities, or common space. But, what to do with all of these cars each day that might be needed at a moment’s notice? Do we need them at all? Enter, the autonomous car.
The Society of Automotive Engineers defines six levels of autonomy within ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems).