Considering advancements in technology, one could wonder if sometime in the future, it could be possible that we may no longer be required to use the steering wheel, brake pedal and rearview mirror. With the rise of self-driving vehicles, cars that largely “drive themselves” could do most of the work, turning your current ride into something only found at a classic car show.
While the transition to fully autonomous self-driving cars is still in the future, the technology that supports it is now available in various capacities. Safety systems, like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warnings and lane assistance, are already common features in many of today's new vehicles.
In fact, the self-driving car sector is growing at a rate of 16% each year, and the market expects to be worth a trillion dollars by 2025. While not fully autonomous—as the driver must stay alert and in control at the steering wheel—it's easy to imagine cars that could drive themselves in optimal conditions, such as cross-country trips on the interstate, if not semi-autonomously in most conditions.