Retailers hit hard by online shopping will sell their parking lots for $millions when driverless cars become popular. They can cruise the streets while their owners shop.
After years of being hit hard by online shopping retailers and shopping malls will shed the expense of large parking lots in prime urban locations. They will be set up with drop off and pickup zones for customers who will then send their cars back home or to cruise on the road until they are needed.
The efficiency of the driverless cars will prevent traffic jams and eventually roads will be build where the cars can drive a circuit until needed. The land will be used for housing, businesses, parks and entertainment.
Other things these driverless cars will change include: insurance as there will be few accidents. The need for drivers licenses and testing, traffic cops, road signs and even traffic lights. Governments are determining of the lost revenues are off-set by the savings.
Car horns offer the most complex challenges for driverless car developers. The Trudeau government has given Ford over $200 Million to bring their problems to Canada.
The use of car horns includes safety and cultural situations. This makes it challenging for car designers. They have to differentiate between a person texting through a green light, telling someone they cut you off, and admiring long legs in a short skirt.
Each of these requires split second timing and the right tone, volume and cadence to have proper effect. It has to change to the situation and personality of the car occupants. Imaging following a funeral procession and your car keeps honking, or a wedding procession where it won’t.
Honking at a green light depends who is in the car. It can range from a quick beep saying “Sorry – you didn’t notice but the light changed” to a long, loud “Hey @$$hole they light changed an hour ago drop the phone and get going before I ram my chrome horn right up your…….” Like automatic seat belts and talking cars of the past, if it is annoying people won’t buy the cars.
So the Trudeau government has given ford $200 million to develop solve their horn issues in Canada.
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