Take a seat and grab your treats, we're telling you a fairy tale.

A Self-Driving World: From Fairy Tale To Reality

Once upon a time, humans created cars and set a start for automotive industry. The era of 1900s marked as the debut of Automobile Factory, since then, we never stop being amazed by human creativeness in automotive industry. From the electric starter, the innovation of material and construction to automatic transmission as well as the development of hybrids, car world has come a long way to become one of the finest stuff humans ever created.

The 1900s scene closed and a new era comes with a bigger goal yet is full of ambition: the smart era. Welcome to the smart era, where everything is automatic, AI takes control, technologies hit the scene, cars are driverless and humans simply lay down (or sit, whatever your imagination is) all day long, touch screen and voila, the end of the fairy tale, life is never that easy.

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Wake up and get reality slap hard on our faces, yes we're still here, in the middle of 4.0 revolution, the progress remains the same, we're heading for a self-driving world and taking small steps to make the tale come true, fascinating! Self-driving system is getting better, accidents are gradually reducing, solar energy price is turning cheaper, we seem to get closer to the bright future.

Car-Free Movement, What Else?

But life is never perfect as the way humans expect it is. While one part of the world is celebrating automotive innovations, the other part is taking the opposite approach, some cities set their rules: gas-powered cars phased out, hybrids and EVs limited. A car-free movement.

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Madrid has turned its town centre into a specified low-emission zone that restricts entry by elderly diesel and gas cars and plans to totally prohibit these vehicles from the area by 2020. Hybrid cars are able to obtain an "ecological tag" and move freely. While Denmark as a whole plans to prohibit the sale of fresh gas and diesel cars from 2030 onwards and the sale of hybrid cars from 2035 onwards. Copenhagen already has one of Europe's smallest vehicle ownership levels and largest bicycle traffic levels. Oslo also laid a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and the elimination of non-electric vehicles will be essential to its achievement. The town limited personal vehicle access, transformed highway room into pedestrian room, and eliminated nearly all of the town center parking places.

It is worth mentioning that the towns that reduce the use of cars are almost in Europe, where such steps are far more viable than, say, the United States, where it is difficult to go anywhere without a vehicle outside significant metropolitan regions. American towns have extended into now-sprawling suburbs, thanks mainly to the car's creation, and have a degree of riding reliance that will be difficult to scale away from. Car-free movement is popular in European countries and developing countries would be wise to follow them, however, having cars is a habit that we hardly kick, that's the reason why car-free stays a movement rather than a new lifestyle vision. Yes it can be but there's no clue that it will completely be, the transition takes much longer.

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Back To Self-Driving World, Is It Still A Possible Future?

Self-driving world sounds potential yet impossible, we just can't predict. Media is overwhelming over techno trends and the advantages of driverless cars are undeniably proved. Potentiality is obvious, how about impossibility? Security is no doubt among the biggest concerns. Accident cutting down doesn't mean disappearing, some may be caused by computer malfunction and once it occurs, it may not be able to prevented. Plus, private automotive data can be stolen on account of vulnerable Internet-connected vehicles. The more our world is getting modern, the more it is done in less expectation, not to mention our lack of knowledge, understandings about self-driving and computer-controlled vehicles.

The bright future of a self-driving world is still "far away", but as we already said, human creativeness never fails to amaze us, who knows all the problem might be fixed by a click?