Why you should consider self-driving cars in future

Cars that park, or drive, themselves seem like a dream come true and it looks like this technology is not far away. The question is, should you look forward to replacing your company vehicles with these cars and associated fleet software?

There are many benefits of this technology, which can make driving safer, prove who is at fault in an accident and reduce fuel consumption.

Safety

Computer-driven cars have fewer accidents and there is no risk of the driver having a few too many and getting behind the wheel.

Reaction times are quicker than those of their human counterparts, and self-driving cars such as the one made by Google can keep a safer distance between itself and the car in front than a real person.

Google compared the acceleration and braking of their computer and human drivers which showed that humans brake and accelerate more sharply than the robot.

Fatigue is a factor in around 30 per cent of all fatal crashes, according to data from the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Distraction is another main cause of accidents, being a major factor in 22 per cent of crashes and near crashes, according to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland.

These cars will eliminate the risks caused by tired drivers who are not properly concentrating on the road, as computers do not get tired.

Accident liability

Google's car is the prime example of how this technology could benefit you if you're a fleet manager as the car can create data illustrating how a crash happens - proving your fleet vehicle is not at fault.

Fuel consumption and congestion

Cars driven by computers can travel together while still maintaining a safe distance between each other so there will be less congestion on the roads.

This will save time as well as fuel - great benefits for fleet managers, as drivers can complete work while they are en route to their next appointment.



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