ITS World Congress shows advances and drawbacks of autonomous transportation image

The 2014 ITS World Congress had “Reinventing Transportation in our Connected World” as a tagline – with more than 10, 000 people seeing the latest advances made by the “intelligent” vehicles.

From GM to Honda and with numerous technology companies also interested in the autonomous vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) segments, the floor of the show was packed with the latest advances. The show also signaled the soon to become mandatory implementation of V2V and V2I communication – the Michigan Department of Transportation revealed it would move to create a communications network stretching 120 miles along Detroit’s highways.

“Certain things about safety should not be at all about competitive advantage,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Friedman. “I think cybersecurity is one of those perfect examples where sharing information will ensure that everyone is better off.”

On the other hand, the advent of autonomous cars, V2V and V2I communication still raises a lot of questions surrounding the collection of data and its further usage, privacy, pricing of the technology or responsibility from the legal standpoint.

Surveys show that buyers of new cars are ready to embrace the autonomous vehicles that automakers and tech companies promise for 2020 and beyond, but need to be reassured that all the self-driving tech is reliable, safe and reasonably priced.