The future will be autonomous hire cars. An autonomous car, also known as a personal automated vehicle, or informally as a robotic car or self-driving car, is a motor vehicle capable of automated driving and navigating entirely without direct human input. As defined here, automated vehicles exist mostly as prototypes as of 2013, but they are likely to be commercialised in the near future.
Automated vehicles sense their surroundings with such techniques as radar, lidar, GPS and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage. Some automated vehicles can furthermore update their maps based on sensory input, allowing them to navigate through uncharted environments.
Since the late 2000s, significant advances have been made in both technology and legislation relevant to autonomous cars. Numerous major companies and research organizations have developed working prototype automated vehicles, including Google, Continental Automotive Systems, Bosch, Nissan, Toyota, Audi and Oxford University.