Before driverless cars are allowed to move freely, existing roads will have to be adapted to ensure traffic safety. One such adaptation will be Wifi networks that enable vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to support a range of sensors, including imaging, LiDAR, radar and ultrasonic, which together allow the car to “see” the road ahead.
This will enable clever routing and closer spaces between vehicles. Fewer accidents also mean fewer traffic jams. In addition, experts expect car ownership to drop as automation and electrification kick in. With the price of ride-hailing services falling, people are more likely to use robotaxis than own a car – potentially sinking the number of cars on the road.
As companies develop and test autonomous cars, the hope is that growing demand will force governments to develop the infrastructure.
Remember Ford Model T? The road infrastructure was lacking back then, but demand for the first mass produced car forced governments to construct national road networks.