According to this CNBC article, Microsoft and Volvo are combining forces to create a driverless car by 2017. In just under two years, they expect to have these cars on the road in Sweden - no word yet on when/if they'll be coming to America.
They unveiled their model of the driverless car this week and are calling it Concept 26, which references the 26 minutes Volvo says we spend commuting to work one way, each day.
Volvo wants to "fix what's broken about driving" so they are aiming to make cars more comfortable for those who sit in traffic allowing them to work, check their email, and catch up on their favorite show on thier commute, without having to steer their vehicle. When driverless mode is used, the car seat will recline and the steering wheel will recede into the dashboard.
It all makes for a cool visual, but is this SAFE for us to use on the road?
At Donahoe Kearney, we're all about safety. No word yet on how safe using one of these driverless cars would be, but we'll keep a lookout for developments.
In the meantime, distracted driving is a huge cause of motor vehicle accidents in our area. Cell phone use is a big one - clear here to see why. With more gadgets in our car, it's hard to see that accidents won't go up as a result, but again, we'll keep a lookout for developments.
In the meantime, keep practicing safe and focused driving in our area. But, we all know, no matter what we do, we can't control the actions of someone else on the road. So, if you were seriously hurt in an accident on the beltway, 270, 66, or anywhere else in DC, Maryland or Virginia, call us today at 202-393-3320.