If you're still driving your vehicle by the year 2050, you're going to be looked at like Will Smith in iRobot. A study by IHS Automotive predicts nearly all cars on the road after 2050 will be self-driven. By 2035, the study predicts there will be nearly 54 million self-driving cars, with annual sales reaching close to 12 million.
Before you get upset about how terrible it might be not to drive, think about what this would do to the accident rates. Egil Juliussen, an analyst for IHS Automotive, says that those numbers will "plunge to near zero for SDCs." As much as we love driving, not having to worry about dying in a car wreck would be nice, to say the least. Still, I'm going to go do donuts in the snow while I still can.
[via Los Angeles Times]