According to Juniper Research, autonomous, self-driving, cars are soon to become a reality. By 2025 approximately 20 million autonomous cars will be roadworthy, driving themselves and their passengers to shopping centres, supermarkets and just about everywhere else.

It’s thought that by as early as 2021, driverless cars would have reached the stage of general consumer adoption and they will first be introduced to Western Europe and North America.

The self-driving car could change the face of transport, as more and more drivers become merely a passenger. There will, of course, have to be a transition in which consumers become mentally acclimatised to this change – letting go of the reins, sitting back, and letting the car do the work.

The Testing Process

Trials are already taking place in the US and in Western Europe by car manufacturers and tech companies, determined to roll out the best tech possible for accident avoidance and pedestrian safety. It is likely that trials will go on for several more years before we’ll see driverless cars taking over the road.

The In-Between Period

As autonomous cars will not be readily available for few more years, drivers will have the chance to grow used to the concept of getting in a car and not driving. In this in-between period we can expect a lot of new technology halfway between autonomous cars and manual vehicles.

It is likely that we will begin seeing more and more apps and gadgets that act as aids to drivers. Things like automated braking, adaptive cruise control, and other such advanced driving assistance system technologies will increasingly become everyday matters. This will pave the road so that when autonomous cars are finally launched, consumers will be more prepared for the ride.

Or, Possibly, No In-Between Period

Although this transition period is an important aspect of the plan for some companies and developers there are others, such as Google, Apple and Uber who would like to fully automate cars to boost their business.