Australia will see privately-owned autonomous vehicles on its roads within 10 years and will be driverless by 2035, according to the NRMA.
NRMA Head of Media Peter Khoury said people could expect a subscription model.
"You most likely won't have one of these cars parked in your garage but when you need one you can just call one up, it will take you where you need to go, and it will drop you off,” Mr Khoury said.
He said human-controlled, combustion-engine technology was expected to be terminated, with driverless cars the way of the future.
“Overseas manufacturers are telling us, that human-operated cars will be redundant. In the same way that you used to have people in lifts pressing buttons for you, we just don’t need drivers anymore,” Mr Khoury said.
The new fleet of autonomous cars is predicted to have significant social, economic and environmental benefits for Australians.
Mr Khoury believes that there will be a significant reduction in the road toll.
“Ninety per cent of fatalities in Australia are a result of human error," he said.
“There will also be environmental benefits as these electric cars will most likely run on solar power, there are also benefits for the community with reduced congestion, parking and financial burden of owning a car.”
Last year, the NRMA partnered with the NSW Government in trialling driverless shuttles inside Sydney Olympic Park.
Due to the success of the shuttles, privately-owned autonomous cars are now being trialled on motorways in New South Wales.
David Levinson, Professor of Transport Engineering of Civil Engineering at The University of Sydney, said: “People are now willing to forgo owning an automobile and just use one on demand.”
“The technology industry is pushing this change forward; the automotive industry and government are following.”
“Transport is a major economic sector and it is hugely wasteful. Society can do better, but the forces of the status quo won’t let it,” Prof Levinson said.
As metropolitan Australia continues to urbanise, there is less need for privately owned automobiles through door-to-door services such as Taxify, Hire Car and Uber.
According to the NRMA, globally there has been a 40 per cent increase in electric car sales, which has seen Australia fall behind the rest of the world in autonomous technology and infrastructure uptake.
“The expectation is that once electric cars start to get too close to combustion engine vehicles prices, people are going to see the benefits of electric technology," Mr Khoury said.
"At the same time, we are going to see more and more autonomous technology on the road. It will just become second nature for people to get used to these cars and to use them regularly.” he said.
“Since we don't manufacture cars here in Australia, the countries we are buying cars from will be electric vehicles, so as a nation we need to be ready for that and right now we are not.”