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'Robocabs' could replace taxis by 2030

By T.K. Randall
July 8, 2015 · Comment icon 7 comments

Google is one of many companies working on driverless cars. Image Credit: Google / YouTube
Autonomous taxi cabs could replace conventional taxis on the nation's roads within as little as 15 years.
With several different companies currently developing driverless cars it is only going to be a matter of time before autonomous vehicles become a common sight in towns and cities around the world.

Rather than everyone owning a car of their own however one of the most likely implementations of this technology will be in the roll-out of autonomous taxis or "robocabs" that, like in the science fiction movie 'Total Recall', can be summoned to take a passenger anywhere without the need for a driver.

In a recent study, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicated that driverless taxis will probably become commonplace by the year 2030 and that they could be particularly advantageous in tackling carbon emissions with an estimated reduction of 82%.
"Autonomous taxis make a promising early business case for connected and automated vehicles because they spread the purchase cost among many users and match appropriate vehicles to trip needs," wrote Austin Brown of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington.

Further cost and pollution reductions could be made by offering single-seat taxis and by having the vehicles actively select the most economical route to the passenger's destination.

"Most trips in the U.S. are taken singly, meaning one- or two-seat cars would satisfy most trips," said researcher Jeffery Greenblatt. "That gives us a factor of two savings, since smaller vehicles means reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions."

Source: LA Times | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb 9 years ago
Goddamit, I got six kids to feed!!!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Yes but will robo-wrecks replace real wrecks? And will they speak English badly? Just wondering...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 9 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by LostSouls7 9 years ago
No thanks! keep your robots.
Comment icon #5 Posted by scaniaman 9 years ago
they just had the first test of an driverless truck in nevada, but the tech is not wot it is made out to be, it can only drive itself when there is a constant solid white line painted on the road, rain, snow etc will effect it and a driver has to be in the seat to take control also the insurance companys are not happy about the tech, if there was no driver, who would be liable in the event of an accident, the vehicle manufacturer, the company who made the computer modules? basicaly the tech is gonna be touted as a driver aid so on long motorways the driver can switch to automatic mode to relie... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by nothinglizx2 9 years ago
Anybody having a Total Recall moment?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Conrad Clough 9 years ago
The original Total Recall springs to mind, as does Hot Tub Time Machine 2....


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