Autonomous vehicles are standing at the foot of a path for seemingly limitless potential. From a practical standpoint, automotive autonomy doesn’t seem like much beyond the ability of a vehicle to navigate roads without being directly controlled by a human driver. While this feat is certainly impressive on its own, this only scratches the surface of the resonating effect vehicular autonomy will have not just on the automotive, but countless other industries.
The best way to realize how big of an influence autonomous vehicles will have on different industries is to determine (or remind oneself) how heavily-utilized vehicles are in different fields of work. We rely on tractor trailers for shipping food and other goods, spend hundreds of millions in insurance on vehicles every year, utilize transportation services (like Uber and taxis), along with other noteworthy municipal needs that incorporate vehicular transportation.
The infographic below provides a detailed visual that breaks down the industries where automotive transportation is a major operational factor, along with the potential effects the incorporation of driverless vehicles could have in each line of work.