Autonomous cars could ditch traditional features image

The advent of self-driving cars, signaled by automakers as well as technology companies, could also bring a revolution to the way a car looks like inside out.

Once Google, Nissan, Continental or Mercedes-Benz, to name just a few, make their run towards the cars that would take us from A to B without any driver input, we could resort to buying cars that have no steering wheel, gas or brake pedals.

Google is already close to outing its first batch of 100 test cars that… don’t look like a car. They also don’t feature the steering or the pedals. Now, a recent industry experts’ study reveals the overall design basics could actually set the trend, not make the exception.

This month’s Intelligent Vehicles Symposium surveyed around 200 respondents – the majority saying that by 2035 the cars we drive will make do without such classic amenities as the steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, or even the rearview mirrors or horns.

Supporters of the new segment say the biggest gains will come in safety, as human error is among the leading causes for fatality accidents, while autonomous vehicles could also be further streamlined for efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. Many of the companies implicated in the autonomous race already give the 2020 year as the date that would see the first mass-produced cars becoming widely available on the global market.