Self-driving cars look like they have a promising future.
I was wondering if their manufacturers and the software developers are going to use this float of vehicles for other usages than simply driving around people on their errand.
- Feedback on the road conditions (weather, traffic, accidents, etc... ) that could be shared and used to optimize everybody's journey
- Finely tune the electronic map they are relying on. It could, for example, detect a one-way road that was previously two-ways. At the time of this detection it would avoid to use this road and it would send the information to a central system that would propagate it for other autonomous vehicles to use.
- Communicate with each other to improve traffic flow - by starting to move at the same time at traffic light for example
I don't know.