COVID -19 – The increased demand for autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have certainly become a near future technology and many experts have discussed how useful the technology could have been very during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having driverless buses, taxis and delivery vans could have been beneficial and helped reduce human interaction through lockdown. 


Billions of pounds have already been invested in start-ups and tech giants in the last few years to perfect the technology needed to produce safe, reliable self-driving vehicles. The software, sensors and computing power needed to make autonomous vehicles a seamless solution is being developed but for it to truly work and interact with human drivers it has to be able to understand how we drive. 


Telematics data is, therefore, an essential part of this development, as it allows autonomous software to review millions of lines of driver data to learn and understand how humans drive. ITS has developed the ITS Hub system to allow telematics data from any device to be translated into a universal code that makes this interaction much easier. 


Although the future of autonomous vehicles with human passengers is still uncertain and controversial, as well as very lengthy in terms of the regulatory and insurance processes, the concept of using autonomous vehicles for deliveries is certainly something that would benefit many companies and consumers. It is clear that the technology is becoming more advanced and will benefit multiple industries whilst enhancing our day to day lives. Autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to become part of the ‘new normal’ in a post COVID-19 world.


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