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  • Good News for Baby Boomers: Robocars Will Be Here Sooner than You Think

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    Usually we view technological advancements as being geared towards a younger crowd.  Surely, all of us at some point have witnessed a senior citizen smile apologetically as they explain: “I just can’t figure out these smartphones, my grandson has to show me how to use it.”  New technology is generally unfamiliar, and best utilized by those who have the time and eagerness to explore it.  But Google has been working on a new venture which, unexpectedly, may appeal more to older adults.

    Self-driving cars, or Robocars, as Google prefers to describe them, are anticipated to be a reality by 2020, and will be more marketable towards Baby Boomers, according to one Google insider.  The reason? Mobility.  As people age, mobility can be a major hurdle to overcome.  Along with physical limitations to movement as a result of aging, seniors often experience more difficulty driving.  This means they have to rely more on public transportation, which can be inconvenient and equally challenging.  Unfortunately, this results in many seniors becoming prisoners in their own homes, shut off from the outside world.

    Google sees Robocars as an answer to this problem.  Initially, they could be implemented in localized areas like retirement communities, acting as taxis or uber vehicles, but cheaper because there’s no driver.  The self-driving cars will probably be available at per-mile or monthly rates, making them an economical choice for people on a fixed income.  There are still some issues with the logistics of getting Robocars on the road, but Google sees it as a high probability that we’ll be seeing them within the next decade.

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    As Baby Boomers retire, they’re not going to want to settle down.  Robocars will give them the flexibility and mobility they need to continue living their fast paced lifestyle.  And while they may never appeal to the young, who typically enjoy the excitement and independence of driving (think Will Smith in iRobot), Robocars promise an independent future to a subset of the population that has never wanted to be tied down.

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