You touch your smartphone and in a few minutes the electric car stops outside your door.
You come in, call, pick up the mail.
While the car was traveling in the north and above the Thames, on the road full of othersguided pods.
With larger driverless delivery trucks and robotic cleaning vehicles, the car will automatically brake, let pedestrians pass, and then stop outside the office.
Science fiction of course-
Maybe not too long though.
Ministers decided yesterday
The University of Oxford will test its robotic cars on public roads;
There is no doubt that other such prototypes will follow.
RobotCar is Nissan Leaf with two stereo cameras on the roof, laser sensors scan the road ahead and input information into the computer for automatic turning, braking and parking for pedestrians.
At the same time, the main computer is constantly learning to compare the environment around the car with the previous journey.
Driven through the iPad and using a camera and laser kit, it costs about £ 3,000, the first fully functional driverless car in the UK.
However, in the United States, Google's driverless car has traveled more than 700,000 kilometers since 2010, with only minor accidents.
California legalizing itself
Driving a car on a public road last year: a video on YouTube shows cars driving effortlessly on the streets of San Francisco.
"This technology is coming, and there is no doubt about it," said Josef Hargarve, senior consultant at Arup's vision and innovation unit in London.
He believes that Londoners will use the shared driverless electric vehicles, and there may be another 20 years to come.
There may be fundamental changes in the design of the car: full automation will free up cabin space and the seat will not have to move forward.
Some vehicles can even include meeting rooms.
Cars may become lighter because they won't crash again.
Not only can they save fuel, but they can also save road space: they can drive closer together.
With the end of human error, most road accidents will not only end (
In the UK alone, 1,900 lives and more than 23,000 serious injuries were saved in a year).
Emergency services will become faster and more efficient.
At present, the city landscape is still the dream of technicians.
Google's cars cost at least $150,000 a car, including more than $70,000 for roof-only rotating laser range machines.
They will not be commercially viable soon.
Bringing simpler technologies like Oxford robotic cars to the point where crowded cities work is still a daunting task.
Most experts believe there are at least 10 years left.
Large-scale technology is most likely from the existing half
Mercedes new S-
Class cars is equipped with a new version of the decentralized cruise control system: although the driver still needs to control most of the time, the car can travel on the highway, use the radar and stereo camera to keep it at a distance from the car in front and keep it in the driveway.
It can park on its own and the driver only uses the brakes.
At the same time, the German system manufacturer Continental expects that from 2016, cars can automatically change lanes and realize "partial automation" control;
There will be "highly automated" systems from 2020.
Vincent Charles of the mainland said, at the latter point, "you may read the newspaper or email at 100kph, if the car needs you to take over in 5 to 10 seconds, it will give you a warning.
By 2025, the cars will have a "fully automatic" system that handles everything at speeds of up to 30 kilometers, including access to and from the highway.
Charles believes that only then will this technology be possible to deal with the more difficult tasks of city driving.
This will be partially achieved through digital mapping information --
So, Google's huge investment: last month it bought Israel's traffic and map app Waze for $1. 3u2009billion.
Google's ambitions may go further.
The online giant hoarding your personal information may also mean that the car will know your diary --
Or where you really want to go. To the pub?
The car is already on the way there (
Even better, will drive you home).
Cities will need to invest in new digital infrastructure to transfer intersections and speed limits to cars through sensors.
At some point, cars must also be able to talk to each other.
No matter which way of communication, a common technology platform is needed.
Still far beyond the horizon.
But Hargrave believes that in the next 10 years, we will see the first driverless car in the city.
They will be commercial, not private, and involve street cleaning, garbage collection, and logistics.
Arup has been involved in two London logistics projects to explore the use of electric vehicles in the "last mile" delivery.
From then on, we will see the introduction of private automated vehicles.
Unless driverless cars are accompanied by great advances in other technologies, it may not all look so utopian.
Such cars need electric rather than conventional power.
Otherwise, a fleet of private driverless cars could exacerbate air pollution and trigger a new round of suburban expansion.
Driverless technology can also seriously affect transportation. London cabbies? So 2020.
Refuse the truck driver?
Talk to the robot
All these technologies depend on regulation.
Even on a far less ambitious level
Major changes will be required to the Law on Road and insurance liability.
If you crash and drive, who's in charge?
Will we get there?
So far, the development of electric vehicles is a warning.
It takes time to change something as basic as our mobility, including human attitudes and technological leaps.
The fact is that in cities at least it can take years for autonomous driving to become normal.
Nevertheless, by the age of over 2040, our children may tell their own offspring that they have passed through a vision as uncoordinated as horses --
Pull the car today: "Oh, look, someone is driving!