Will Driverless Cars be the Future? | Automotive Training Centre

Imagine this: You get up in the morning, shower, eat breakfast, and hop into the car to drive to work. Once you’re on the road you decide that it’d be a good time to catch up on some videos of old Grand Prix races. Right as you merge onto the highway, you also pull out your tablet, look up the races and hit play, not even paying attention to the road.  When you look up, you notice that the person in the car to your right is reading a book, and the woman in the car to your left is fixing her make-up.

What do you think will happen next? An accident? A multi-car pile-on?  Think again. If technology keeps advancing the way it is, people won’t need to focus on the road because our cars will be driving themselves.

The driverless car was introduced by Google earlier this year, and so far it looks like it drives better than most drivers.  Still, this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing robot cars on the road any time soon. For now, driverless cars are at their very beginning phases, and still need a human behind the wheel in case some steering and gas control assistance is needed.

So, what do driverless cars mean for automotive careers? Will robot cars be the end of mechanics? The short answer is maybe, but not for a very very (VERY) long time. There is no denying that technology is completely redesigning the way we go about our daily lives. It is only natural then that as new products and systems are developed, we will need to adapt to these changes, and this will inevitably affect the way we work. What an automotive service technician  needs to know today will be quite different from what he or she needs to know in 10, 20, or 50 years from now.

Whether you’re a student or an instructor of an automotive training program, we can expect to see changes in the automotive industry in the future. But for now, we can rest assured that we’ll still need people behind those wheels.

What do you think about driverless vehicles? Do you think this is a good path for the automotive industry to take?

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