Technology has advanced in automobiles faster than most of us can imagine. We have seen new advancements in navigation, and entertainment, but with automated cars on the horizon, it is likely that our cars will be able to help us at the pump very soon, as well, according to Mashable.
Today’s technology focuses on fuel economy, and ways to help drivers save money money on fuel. In the future, however, the driver will be completely taken out of the equation and fuel savings will be incredible. Some of the things that drivers do, such as breaking too hard and accelerating too quickly account for almost one third of the gas lost in a typical tank. With automated vehicles these mistakes are eliminated because human error is taken out of the equation. Traffic jams cause U.S. drivers to waste 2 billion gallons of fuel per year. In an automated car, the computer will sense traffic jams and send the driver information on alternative routes to avoid such build ups.
Although the technology is not quite here yet, it’s on the horizon. Businesses like BMW and Toyota are working on cars that will be capable of driving themselves up to certain speeds. If everything goes according to plan, these models could be released in the coming years.
For more information, visit http://mashable.com/2012/04/23/will-automated-cars-save-fuel.