Self-driving vehicles have been in the news a lot lately, with many automakers setting goals to have some sort of autonomous tech within their lineups in the near future. But what about self-driving wheelchair vans?

The technology has been around for quite some time, but the recent spike in interest and research has a lot of people wondering if self-driving vans will replace vehicles with adaptive technology. Overall, this new tech is going to effect the auto industry in one way or another, with Forbes suggesting drivers young and old will adapt to driverless tech because of how helpful it is. However, most research does not include stats on individuals with disabilities or how it could assist them.

Transportation is a major concern for individuals with disabilities and it affects their lives immensely if they are unable to travel to school, work, or wherever else they want or need to go. Adaptive technology is great for those who are able to utilize it, but self-driving vehicles could assist people with physical or developmental and intellectual disabilities.

While the future of autonomous technology within handicapped vans is not completely clear, it?ll be interesting to see how automakers adapt to this portion of the industry. Many factors ? including price, safety, and demand ? will determine how quickly, if at all, this technology is introduced.

This begs the question: Which do you prefer? Do you want to stay in command with adaptive technology assisting you behind the wheel? Or would it make your life easier if a self-driving van took care of everything?