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Will Self-Driving Cars Be a Realtor’s Best Friend?

April 02 2015

autoAfter 194,000 miles, it was time to get a new car. In truth, we kept the car with 194,000 miles on it because it is a part of our family. We purchased it a few months before our daughter was born and it has been the tot-rod for more than a decade. On principle, we plan to make it to 200,000, despite needing to put in a $900 fuel pump this week.

Self Awareness

Like all things new, our new car is amazing. What astounds us is that the vehicle is self aware. By self-aware, I mean that it has a bunch of sensors that collect information about what is in its surroundings. It was not really a feature that was high on our list when we shopped, but it has become my best friend. Last week, I drove from Los Angeles up the coast to San Luis Obispo without touching the accelerator or the brake pedal. I set the cruise control at 75 and the car did the rest – including navigating through stop and go traffic.

Learning to Trust

My wife has been driving nearly 30 years and she refuses to use cruise control. I must admit, learning to trust that this new car was not going to crash into the stopped vehicle in front of me was a real test of my ability to learn to trust. With my current car, I am trusting it to do the footwork of brake and accelerator, but I am in charge of steering. But not fully.

The new car has lane awareness, too. If my car begins to drift outside of its lane, the steering wheel vibrates and the brakes are gently applied to either the left or right side of the car as necessary to correct the lane position. Of course, my steering will override that system, but it knows what is going on.

Realtors® on Autopilot

Tesla is the first self driving car. We have all seen the Google cars rolling around, but Tesla is all in for passenger vehicles. Tesla announced a software update for the Model S, allowing the car to fully autopilot on the highway. However, recent polls show that Americans are uncertain about the new technology and split 48/52 when asked if driverless cars are safe or dangerous, while a full third say they will never purchase one.

Rattan Joea, CEO of Prime Time Shuttle and Opoli Technology, has spent decades in the transportation industry, developing professional relationships with Tesla, Ford and other car manufacturers pioneering autopilot technology. He's been a key player in the evolving transportation industry, and holds a strong, optimistic passion for the future of self-driving cars. Rattan sees a world in the next five years where self-driving cars are not only fully integrated into mainstream society but used in innovative and unprecedented ways.

Imagine Your Future

Using the tour creation feature in your MLS, you send the listings that you want to see to your vehicle and/or your client's vehicle and your car takes you on a hands free tour. Its pretty cool to contemplate unless you are a taxi driver.