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They drove off without you ;)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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