Self-driving cars used to be the things of sci-fi movies but with the recent announcement that Google have started to build the driverless car it seems that the future is not too far away.

The driverless car

The pint-sized two seater car, which looks a bit like a Smart car, will have a stop-go button but no steering wheel, pedals or controls. To ensure passenger safety it will have a maximum speed of 25mph. But how will these relatively slow moving cars fit in with Australia’s current roads?

What impact will this have on our roads?

It is not yet clear exactly how Australia’s roads and driving laws will be changed to deal with these autonomous vehicles and there still some grey areas. For example, what happens if the self-driving car breaks the law? Is it the driver who is at fault or the manufacturer? Also will you need a driving licence to push the start/stop button in the driverless car and how will this change the driving test?

Cars currently on the roads already have features related to this driverless car as vehicular controls become more and more automated. Drivers already reap the benefits of these features, such as self-parking, and it will be no different with the self-driving car.

Technology has transformed life in every facet of existence from sophisticated home appliances to the internet.  Self driving cars are probably not just around the corner but will be inevitable and society will adapt to take advantage of the benefits they will provide for safe mobility.

Businesses such as Excel Drive will also have to evolve and when the time comes, we will do so. But for now, the best way to get safe driving skills for our traditional vehicles is to have driving lessons with a professional instructor backed by a professional organisation like Excel Drive.

The self-driving car will change the Australia’s roads but while a car that drives itself is very exciting, there are still lots of questions that need to be answered before Australia’s roads are ready for this futuristic arrival.