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Driving on the Roads of the Future Will Be a Real Trip

Driving on the Roads of the Future Will Be a Real Trip

NBC News
MAR 15 2017, 12:58 PM ET

With your windows down and music blaring, you hit 65 mph as you cruise down the highway. Nearing your exit, you flick your turn signal and make towards the exit on your right.

The path seems clear, but as you prepare to make that final lane switch, an alarm sounds through your stereo and a transparent message flashes on a small portion of your windshield. Though you're unable to see any danger, the message warns against changing lanes just yet because another car is entering the highway into that lane.

Such scenarios may have once seemed like science fiction, but they could soon become commonplace. Despite their limited applications today, in the near future, autonomous cars will be able to communicate their movements with each other over short distances, interact with traffic lights and other transportation infrastructure, fully take over driving responsibilities, and navigate stormy weather, busy intersections, and unpredictable drivers with ease.

What's more, street lights will be able to dynamically respond to the environment and vehicles. Pavement markings will be able to absorb solar energy during the day and light up at night. Even the geometric design of the roads themselves will be improved to do away with dangerous left-hand turns across traffic... FULL ARTICLE

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