We’ve blogged before about the rise of the hybrid automobile, but there is a type of automobile that’s making an even bigger splash in the engineering industry: the self-driving car.
The potential in the world of self-driving cars is tremendous, and the implications of such technology are just as far-reaching. Consider some of the impact that these automobiles could have on everyday life:
- They could save millions of lives. Let’s face it: we humans aren’t as good as we think we are behind the wheel. Statistics don’t lie. People die every day in automobile wrecks due to user error.
- They will greatly impact energy consumption. According to the Department of Energy, self-driving cars could decrease consumption by as much as 90%—or increase it by more than 200%.
One of the problems at this early stage is that there are just too many variables involved. Regulations have yet to be set and agreed upon, especially in regards to energy use and fuel consumption. Policymakers have a lot of work to do in these areas before the full impact of this technology is known on a wide scale.
However, one thing is certain: the technology is here to stay.
In other words, it’s not a matter of if self-driving cars become a full-blown reality; it’s a question of what happens when they do.
And here’s another pertinent question that you should ask yourself: “How will the reality of the self-driving car impact my career?”
As you might imagine, employment opportunities in this field do exist and those opportunities have the potential to be both numerous and lucrative. However, it’s important to remember that they will only be available to those people who have the training, skills, and expertise necessary.
With all of that in mind, those who are interested in breaking into this expanding field should have knowledge of (or acquire knowledge of) the following:
- Programming languages such as Java, C++, and/or Python
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine learning
- Programmable logic
It goes without saying that you should also have a Bachelor’s Degree and/or a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, such as Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics. When it comes to this technology and the opportunities that it currently presents—and will present in the future—more credentials, more training, and more knowledge are definitely better.
Where do YOU stand in terms of this technology and this rapidly expanding field of study? Does this represent a prime professional opportunity?
Self-driving cars are well on their way to changing the world . . . will they also change the course of your career?