It sounds like a scene from a science fiction film.
A character stands on the street corner, rays of sun bouncing off futuristic buildings, as he watches cars race down the street.
The man marvels at the sleek design of the cars whizzing past. They seamlessly weave across lanes, almost like a ballet.
When the traffic light turns red, the man looks to one of the cars.
His eyes bulge when he realizes something incredible.
In the driver seats of these vehicles sits... no one.
The light turns green, and the driverless vehicles all whiz by him once again.
All around him, nothing seems out of the ordinary.
But this isn't the year 2049 or 2122.
This is a morning in America... in the next seven years.
The autonomous vehicle revolution is accelerating at an incredible pace.
And the upcoming date of April 2, 2018, marks a critical milestone that every investor needs to know about if they want to cash in on this revolutionary trend...
The California Proving Grounds
It's time to mark your calendar.
On April 2, the state of California will offer the next major catalyst to the driverless car industry.
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Companies developing autonomous vehicle systems can obtain permits to test truly driverless cars.
Up until this date, companies have been required to have a human driver in the autonomous vehicle to take control in the event of an emergency.
Now, that doesn't mean there won't be any human intervention. The California DMV still requires a remote operator to take over the vehicle in the event of an emergency.
But this is the first step of taking the "training wheels" off this technology and allowing manufacturers to showcase the steep advancements in their vehicles.
In fact, General Motors believes that at the current rate of innovation, it could have its vehicles out on the road as part of a pilot program as soon as 2019.
That's just a year away.
To think of how quickly this industry has emerged from just a few years ago is an open display of the power of innovation and technological disruption.
It also proves that if you want any shot of making money, you need to move quickly and stay well ahead of the curve.
The investment potential in this market is unlike anything I've seen in a long time...
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Disrupting America's Highway System
Past technology explosions in smartphones, health tracking, and e-commerce turned small investments into life-changing gains.
Identifying those trends requires investing ahead of key milestones and tapping into explosive growth before a trend becomes mainstream.
Research & Markets projects that the autonomous vehicle industry will grow by a mouth-watering 39.6% each year over the next decade.
By 2027, the firm projects that the industry will be worth a stunning $126.8 billion.
And that's just the short-term outlook...
The company projects that the sector will scale from an $800 billion opportunity in 2035 to a whopping $7 trillion by 2050.
We're talking about an industry that will allow many investors to make big gains now and potentially generate generational wealth that they can pass onto their heirs and families for decades.
But that's what the final inning of this investment story may look like.
For now, the first pitch is just being thrown out in the autonomous vehicle revolution.
And every revolution begins with a series of simple-but-powerful milestones.
When investors think about the potential for electric vehicles, they need to think past just the production line.
We have to think about all of the value-added technology and financial products that will accompany this industry's incredible growth...
New "NanoCrystal Electricity" is going to put an end to the combustion engine and send electric car production through the roof.
With this new electricity, your car will be able to magically power itself as you're waiting at a red light... or pulling into a parking lot... or even as you drive down the freeway.
Elon Musk and the geniuses at Tesla were the visionaries who saw this coming.
But the mainstream auto makers are now waking up fast, realizing NanoCrystal Electricity technology is the future.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550e already has the necessary receiver onboard - ready to roll.
Volkswagen is also planning to put NanoCrystal Electricity technology in its fleet of cars.
And Volvo just sent shockwaves around the world: It announced plans to dump its entire fleet of gas-guzzlers and replace them with electric cars or hybrids by 2019.
Make no mistake: Every car maker in the world is frantically pursuing NanoCrystal Electricity technology.
Some experts predict this will be a standard feature for every electric vehicle by 2020 at the latest.
For good reason: With this groundbreaking new technology readily available, why would anyone want to buy an electric car that requires you to fiddle with a dangerous and dirty high-voltage plug, when you can glide over a charger with RF technology?
No more messing with foul-smelling gas pumps, either.
Since analysts are saying that 35% of all vehicles on the road will be electric within the next two decades, and with populations increasing exponentially around the globe, we are truly witnessing a revolutionary movement.
And while no investment is ever guaranteed, what really matters is with an opportunity like this - pure ground floor - it doesn't matter how much you put in...
About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, consultant, and political risk analyst with decades of trading experience and degrees in economics, cybersecurity, and business from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Indiana University, and Northwestern.