According to the National Development Minister of Singapore, Khaw Boon Wan, driverless cars – fully automated vehicles – are going to be quite common on the open roads of Singapore inside of the next decade.
This is going to have far-reaching impacts across the board, not only in how the public gets from one destination to the next, but also how the Singapore government itself focuses on urban planning, city development, and the implementation of more efficient highways.
Up until just a few short years ago, the idea of automated vehicles was nothing more than a popular trope in the world of science fiction. People jumping into vehicles that cruised all on their own, usually a top speed, without any input from the driver and all were quite common in movies and television shows – but the technology to actually implement these kinds of vehicles (especially on a mass scale) just hadn’t come to fruition.
Nothing could be further from the truth today.
Today, major companies like Google, Apple, Tesla, and a handful of other automobile manufacturers all over the world are making a big push in the realm of completely automated driving. These vehicles are expected to be tremendously safer and far more efficient than the ones that are currently driven by the old-fashioned human beings, and though the technology is still quite young, many believe that it will be here faster than we think.
The future is upon us
Just take a look at all of the technology that Google has helped to pioneer to make their automated vehicles a reality. In only the last five years or so, they’ve gone from concept to design, to engineering, to real-world testing – to the point where fully automated vehicles are cruising all over the Google campus (and out on the highways of California) with amazing precision and real reliability.
The government of Singapore has always had its side towards major breakthroughs in the world of technology that can improve this country’s ability to cement itself as the “go to” hotspot for business and innovation, and automated vehicles are certainly going to have a tremendous impact in the future of the country.
The National Development Minister of Singapore understands that planning needs to begin now so that when automated vehicles are ready to rollout, anywhere between the next 10 years and 20 years – depending entirely upon the iterations necessary to create fully functional vehicles – the roads of Singapore are ready for these kinds of cars.
Some still believe that this kind of forward thinking is a little bit premature, and that automated vehicles won’t take off quite as much as has already been predicted. However, when all of the major technology giants around the world today are focusing like a laser in this direction, the odds are pretty good that we’re going to be living in a world with fully automated vehicles sooner than we think.
By all accounts, Singapore is going to be ready for that future.