While the long-term benefits of autonomous vehicles (AVs) are genuinely exciting, the route to true autonomy in transportation will likely be long and full of uncertainty. The precise impact of AVs on individuals, communities, industries and workplaces is, as yet, unclear. One thing’s for sure, though—every industry will be affected. Some will find themselves disrupted; others will find new opportunities for growth and innovation. Both outcomes create a pressing need for businesses to understand the current direction of AV travel, and time to develop a plan to prepare for a future in which AV use is widespread.
The industry is still at the beginning of its journey to translate its undeniable successes in controlled environments into seamless autonomous experiences in the real world. But as the technology is tested and refined, demand for AVs is certain to grow, particularly among the young.