If you think that getting your Perth car loans online is high technology, nothing can prepare you for the automotive finance solutions we are soon going to be drawing up for the latest leap of the digital age. If you haven’t heard of driverless cars, then don’t worry –it may not be long before you even own one. Kids go to different schools and you have work across town? Had too many drinks on Friday night, and need to get home before you have another? These problems will soon be long forgotten, as your car can drop you at work then take the kids to school, or wait for you to say goodbye to the bartenders and taxi you home by midnight.

As it is now a reality, the tangible problem it poses is the threat to safety, which is where most of the public discussion is centred, but although it seems scary to look away from the road, 90% of accidents are currently caused by human error anyway- so it’s not like we’re that great. The cars are designed only to act once their scans and analysis perceive zero risk of an accident. You won’t see a driverless car making that orange/red light, or rolling through a Stop sign. Instead, it would seem there are many benefits to driverless cars, and not just convenience to the owner. From eventually reducing drunk driving, to lowered congestion, even affecting Australias’ economic competitiveness with the rest of the world. However, as a country of booming infrastructure, the potential to make large road investments obsolete is a concern for many, as second family cars become less common and the overall number of cars on the road would reduce.

It would also open up new freedoms of travel for people who are unable to drive themselves, such as a person living with disability, or the elderly. It could completely restructure how the world relies on cars, with driving license numbers dropping off in newer generations as people “go green” and st art carpooling programs, there could be similar transport and mobility programs, where a vehicle arrives at a destination at a certain time, and takes you to your next destination, then drives away to perform the same task for another person.

The cars rely on digital mapping tools and a range of sensors to understand their surroundings and destination. Once the car is on the road, GPS, radar, and 3-D laser mapping will analyse the cars surroundings, including traffic signals like traffic lights. The radar technology has the potential to see through objects, for example a pedestrian standing just behind a car, who is about to cross the street. However, the cars are still not completely ready for complex urban use, so you can keep Uber or that taxi number for a while longer yet. While the cars are ready to hit highways, they are still not yet totally reliable to respond to the many factors of inner-city or suburban life, such as children chasing balls.

Okay, so there is still a couple problems. Your friendly neighbourhood hackers are lurking, and have already used a flaw in a Jeep Cherokee’s infotainment system to force one off the road, prompting a software update. So there is still a risk, albeit a human risk, which indicates as a society we’re still running with scissors, and maybe can’t be trusted with this kind of technology. But time will tell, as trials are expected to commence in Australia this year. Excited? Nervous? While we’re staying behind the wheel for the time being, the future is going to be an exciting place.