Photo courtesy Eva Luedin
Photo courtesy Eva Luedin

As paper maps become a thing of the past thanks to Google Maps which has the power to keep up with the ever-changing world that we live in, other road markers will also disappear. Street signs are one of these relics from the past which will vanish as electronic maps become more precise and cars become automated.

Uber's head of mapping Brian McClendon believes that once autonomous vehicle usage reaches 100% and augmented reality reaches 99%, these signs will disappear. However, two things must happen first:

First, mapping technology will have to be precise enough so that people wearing augmented-reality devices can look around and see the name of the street—or some more efficient marker indicating direction—pop up briefly in their field of vision...Then, precision mapping technology has to be adopted on a massive scale, the way smartphones have, in the form of driverless cars and augmented reality

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