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What happened to driverless vehicles?
At the last motor show in Frankfurt not a word about driverless vehicles.
Are we facing an MVP that was just a flop?
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They drove off without you ;)
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 01, 2019 7:52 AM
Luis Branco
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Where did they run to? :-)
Hello Luis,

I have been working for Renault for 2 years, so I guess I can bring my stone to the building. Here is my opinion: Driverless vehicles are clearly a challenge, that many automotive industries are facing now. Here, we think that the future of driving is "no Driving anymore", just as people will no longer own their own vehicles.

Technology exists: Tesla and Google are good examples.
However there is a big issue concerning reglementation and laws. In case of accident, who will be responsible ? How autonomous vehicles can be ? Do we need to keep a driver behind the wheel ? This questions may slower research and development a bit.

Here is a second point: we need infrastructure to allow driverless vehicles to drive: Connected traffic signalisation, connected street and more. Car manufacturers may spend money into Autonomous car programm, they will face this issue.

My conlusion is: the world might not be sufficiently ready for driverless cars. It will happens in the future, but today there is others priorities (environmental, economic) that must be adressed before.

Of course, this is just my opinion.
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1 reply by Christopher Ok'Onkwo
Oct 01, 2019 3:07 PM
Christopher Ok'Onkwo
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The points raised by Jérôme is by all means the true problem, in addition if the developed part of this world were to embrace autonomous technology, we may have the issue of exporting cars to the developing countries.The cost of production will surely be on the rise as most factories would have been converted to autonomous production line.

As ongoing research study on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the issue that keep coming up is how far behind is the developing countries with Machine Learning a subset of AI? this is not to say that the developing countries are pulling the advancement backward, but rather the government and the science communities has to work on same agenda as if technology development were a global project.

The key drawback is the infrastructure and lack of phase deployment across the globe, tied to issues of steady energy supply in most developing countries let alone the roads for a test run.

On the opinion that once autonomous technology is perfected across developed countries, then it can be rolled out to developing countries, this idea may face investment blackhole due to impact that will come from export/import in relation to fossil fuel countries.

The above views may not hold if a drastic project driven measures are put in place.

Thanks for your feedback.
The main roadblock for driverless vehicles is legislation in order to define who would be at fault in the event that a driverless vehicle is in an accident with a person driving their car. While legislation would be needed for any driverless car to take to the road, I would say it will still take a test case in the court to set a precedent as to the various legal permutations that could happen when a driverless vehicle comes in contact with humans. At this time it is more driver assisted technology that is being installed in cars which takes out some of the grunt work in driving.
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1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Oct 02, 2019 12:57 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
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I think this is an interesting point that we often overlook. The technology is available so let's just do it but it really is not that simple. Imagine what such a trial would look like. Witnesses will be replaced by heaps of data trying to prove or disprove what the autonomous vehicle was doing at the time of the accident. It opens up a whole new world of possible corruption.
At what point does the combined impact of advances in driver-focused safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and so on negate the potential benefits of driverless cars?
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 01, 2019 7:59 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
I am a technology enthusiast and as such I only see benefit in driverless vehicles.
My thinking goes the other way.
Can we apply the same logic (much has been said about driverless vehicles) to agile project management?
Oct 01, 2019 4:17 AM
Replying to Anton Oosthuizen
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They drove off without you ;)
Where did they run to? :-)
Oct 01, 2019 7:13 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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At what point does the combined impact of advances in driver-focused safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and so on negate the potential benefits of driverless cars?
Dear Kiron
I am a technology enthusiast and as such I only see benefit in driverless vehicles.
My thinking goes the other way.
Can we apply the same logic (much has been said about driverless vehicles) to agile project management?
We've had the promise and the technology for "flying cars" for decades. The problem is that no one could ever figure out how to regulate (govern) them.

This seems to be the biggest obstacle to autonomous vehicles, as well. There's an entire industry built around resolving traffic accidents, but we don't know who to blame if there's no driver.

I think it will get resolved eventually, because the new generation is demanding it.

And once everyone has forgotten how to drive, that's when Skynet will become self-aware and use our cars against us.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Oct 01, 2019 12:11 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Should we have Arnold terminated now?
Daimler Trucks started testing automated trucks on public roads in September 2019. VA, USA
I did not know this has launched already, interesting. Thank you for noting this Luis, will certainly check it out but either way, and I might be old school, I do not feel safe getting in a driverless car, at the end, it’s a machine.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Oct 01, 2019 12:13 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Even though, the driverless car will likely make a better and quicker decision that a human? (The human reflex is about 0.7s. That's a pretty long time in the electronic world.)
Oct 01, 2019 8:29 AM
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We've had the promise and the technology for "flying cars" for decades. The problem is that no one could ever figure out how to regulate (govern) them.

This seems to be the biggest obstacle to autonomous vehicles, as well. There's an entire industry built around resolving traffic accidents, but we don't know who to blame if there's no driver.

I think it will get resolved eventually, because the new generation is demanding it.

And once everyone has forgotten how to drive, that's when Skynet will become self-aware and use our cars against us.
Should we have Arnold terminated now?
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1 reply by Wade Harshman
Oct 01, 2019 2:09 PM
Wade Harshman
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I wouldn't go that far, but they should use his voice for the cabin assistant and see how customers react.

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