According to a study from the Lawrence Berkeley Nation Laboratory, self-driving electric taxis have the potential to end car fossil fuel consumption altogether.
The Berkeley study analyzed the potential of self-driving taxis as a replacement for personal fuel guzzling automobiles. The research team stated that as much as 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced in the future using self-driving electric taxis.They can also provide several benefits to passengers willing to give the technology a shot.
The one factor that surprised the Berkeley research team is that national fuel consumption would drastically drop.At the same time, self-driving taxis would mean cheaper transportation for everyone.An economically feasible option both for passengers and the environment.
The extra costs of the initial price tag of a fully electric self-driving car can be easily covered by using these futuristic taxis as the main urban and regional transport method. They can run for up to 24 hours and do not require as much service time as regular fossil fuel powered cars.
While the cost of running a fully electric vehicle is less than half that of a classical fuel powered model, the automatic self-driving car would also cut the cost of employees salary and would not require any activity halt except that of recharging.
However, several problems need to be addressed, including recharging time and passenger safety. The current technology used in battery construction requires long charging periods which would largely decrease the usage time of electric self-driving taxis.
Nonetheless, there is still time to fix such problems, as, according to the several sources, it will take at least 15 years to adapt the current infrastructure for mass electric car use. Government and private interest commitment should also be very high in order to completely facilitate such changes.
Nonetheless the road to a fully functioning fleet of electric self-driving taxis is not as far as it seems. With major incentives offered by both national interests and consumer demand, several companies are working independently on the puzzle pieces that would allow full electric self-driving taxis to work.
Some companies are working on hardware and software that make up the self-driving component, while others are trying to improve or even redesign the battery and recharging system. GPS and intelligent computers are also being developed by private corporations and government agencies, and will also help in bringing the Berkeley idea into reality.
Meanwhile, several components needed by such a system are being market-tested.This keeps companies interests high and creates profits, thus encouraging further development. Each small innovation that is forwarded to the consumer market is a small step towards a complete redesign of the world’s transport system.
These steps towards a fully electric transport system also help in reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions by slowly lowering national and local fossil fuel consumption.
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