Both traditional automakers, from luxury to mass-market brands and numerous technology companies, such as Google, herald the advent of a world free of traffic accidents because all autos would be autonomous and linked in a global and local network.
And all around the world there are numerous gatherings discussing the future of the automotive revolution – for example last week in Ypsilanti, US, more than 800 engineers, software developers, transportation experts and other insiders met for a conference on the matter. They discussed the risks and benefits stemming from the rise of autonomous and connected cars, and also came up with some unresolved challenges that stand between the present moment and the day driverless vehicles become reality. First off, the modern conundrum – how do you address cybersecurity and privacy protection. That was showed off as an important factor last week and Wired magazine had two experts remotely hack and take control of a new Jeep Cherokee equipped with the Uconnect infotainment system. Second on the list is price – how much autonomous cars would cost – it’s a well known fact that electric autos, also a newish segment on the market, are significantly costlier than their traditional counterparts.
Third, numerous experts have raised questions about ethicality – how do you make the autonomous vehicle distinguish between the value of a child’s life and, let’s say a soccer ball, if both jump suddenly in front of the car? Another point is how each country around the world or even state in the US has its own motor vehicle safety codes. Another challenge for autonomous vehicles are changing weather conditions – it is already known that part of the technology that guides driverless vehicles can perform poorly in snow or heavy rain conditions.