CARLY HALLAM is an expert on self-drive cars.
Now she’s offering advice to people who want to buy one with a full autonomous system, including how to choose a car that works for them.
“There are so many variables and it’s hard to predict what the future will bring,” she says.
“But it’s a really good way to think about what you’re going to need for your family.”
Ms Hallam’s advice includes picking the right car, but there’s more to consider.
She says it’s important to understand the car you’re considering.
“If you have a BMW, it’s going to have all the features that make it a BMW,” she explains.
“You might not need that in a Volvo.
So you need to look at the range.”
Ms Halsted also recommends choosing the right manufacturer.
“The most important thing is that you’re looking at the best possible technology for the car that you are buying,” she said.
“This is going to be a very expensive car.”
Ms Cantrell says it is possible that a full self-balancing system could mean a car might be able to drive itself.
“It’s very possible that if we have a car-to-vehicle (C2V) system that is really safe, then we could have cars that are really safe in that way,” she explained.
“That’s an exciting prospect.”
Here’s what you need know about self-parking: Car owners should consider self-heating the vehicle if it’s parked on a driveway or driveway lot.
The best way to prevent it is to keep it cool, not to heat it up and then cool it down.
If it gets too hot, use a fan.
If you want to keep the vehicle from overheating, leave it at a low enough temperature to let it cool off without heating it up.
“A car that is too warm will start to overheat the engine,” Ms Halstead said.
If the temperature gets too high, shut the car off.
If a car is parked on your driveway, leave the vehicle there.
Self-park the car if it is not on your private driveway or a public street.
Ms Halstad recommends you put a sign up that says “parking is prohibited”.
Ms Hallamp says she has heard of people taking their car into their own garage and installing the self-locking sensors to prevent people from coming into the garage and stealing their cars.
If this happens, she advises you to take your car out of the garage for a few minutes.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before they see that they can park their car in the garage without being seen,” she warned.
Self parking also has the potential to reduce the amount of time a vehicle is on the road.
If self-seating becomes a big problem, Ms Halstam suggests using a remote locking system.
“They have to know when it’s time to park it,” she advised.
“What they can do is they have to make a judgement call.
They can’t just lock the doors.”
You can read Ms Halster’s full report here.