How Autonomous Vehicles will Change Industries
For more than a thousand years, we’ve shaped our world around the concept of humans driving wheeled vehicles. From the chariot to the stagecoach to the modern sports car, our society and the businesses built to support it assumed all ground-based transport would always be directed by a person with a combination of decision making and instinctive responses.
A world of driverless cars will change all that.
While a lot of us treat the idea of autonomous vehicles with scepticism and uncertainty, others respond with enthusiasm; imagining automatic highways, quick-sorting intersections without traffic lights, and a reduction in accidents.
Few, however, consider the broader impact they will have on a society built around human drivers.
Removing the Need for Human Delivery Drivers
Many industries depend on capable, efficient, and reliable human drivers to perform deliveries. While trucking and shipping companies are the most likely to undergo dramatic change, many businesses have their own private shipping departments, delivery services, and internal transportation that will need to change as we shift to a self-driving reality.
Professional drivers will, at best, find themselves either babysitting important shipments or directing fleets from a central location via remote orchestration.
The Consequences of Fewer Crashes
Should we ever reach a point where nearly 100% of cars are driverless, it’s conceivable that accidents and the damage caused by them will dwindle to practically nothing. This is, of course, a good thing, but it will have an astounding and in some cases devastating effect on industries that base their business models on accidents happening.
Towing companies and auto-body repair shops are very likely to fade out as fewer cars break down or become involved in a collision. Auto parts stores will also take a hit as fewer replacements will be needed.
While these outcomes might seem obvious, it’s also worth considering that healthcare providers and insurance companies will have to change significantly to adjust for the fact that a big source of revenue will dry up for them.
Hospitality and Convenience Industries
How many businesses base their success on proximity to freeway exits? For decades, hotels, petrol stations and shopping centres have relied on decisions made by human drivers.
Self-driving cars, on the other hand, will allow passengers to relax and even sleep in the cabin. They will request stops based on venue quality, and automatic routing means that convenient and prominent locations will matter less and less. People will need to stop less frequently at hotels while on road trips and instead, they’ll spend their time researching local cafes rather than relying on easy to find fast-food outlets.
Whatever the future holds, self-driving cars will certainly be a part of it. And however technology changes manifest in your business, This Solution will be here to support you and ensure you’re not left behind.