This could quite literally become a pain in the ass for gearheads.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has always been at the forefront of embracing new technologies. Aside from the Iron Man suit, some consider him the real-life Tony Stark. His Tesla Model S is awesome and he’s also building rockets with the aim of sending humans to Mars. But now he’s just dropped a bombshell gearheads everywhere will despise. At a recent tech industry conference, Musk stated that he believes the future of human driving will come to an end because "it’s too dangerous."
When autonomous driving tech improves and becomes a regular thing, he believes that human driving will be outlawed. Try to contain your anger. Musk went on to state on stage that autonomous driving tech is "much easier than people think," but the biggest problem at the moment is what happens between 15 and 50 mph. "That’s where you get a lot of unexpected things," such as potholes, pedestrians, bikers, etc. "Once you’re above 50 mph, it gets easier. The set of possibilities are reduced." Musk went on to compare self-driving cars to elevators: “There used to be elevator operators, and we developed some simple circuitry…the car is going to be just like that."
So when is that all going to happen? Soon. "Autonomy is about what level of reliability and safety you want…and we’ll take autonomous cars for granted in a short period of time. It’s going to be a default thing and it’s going to save a lot of lives." The technology will be ready soon, but the second main issue is what to do about the world’s current 2 billion cars. With annual car production at about 100 million units, Musk figures it’ll take around 20 years for autonomous cars to fully dominate.