Light reading

I always love reading about the newest developments in the space of autonomous vehicles; and electric vehicles seem to go hand in hand with this. Find below three relatively old articles on the topic, not much has changed though in terms of the relevance of their comments.

source: google.com/selfdriving

source: Google

  • If Autonomous Vehicles Rule the World (from horseless to driverless) – The Economist
    • Some thoughts on alternate futures and the impact of driverless cars on society.
  • Self-driving cars could be the answer to reducing SA road deaths – Radio Overberg
    • Impact of driverless cars in a South African context (not only locally applicable)
  • Elon Musk: “In the future, human-driven cars may be illegal” – Karissa Bell for Mashable
    • Why humans driving could be outlawed under certain circumstances.

It’s difficult to know what will happen. In theory many of the proposed uses for autonomous cars in the future require a sudden or overnight change. But historically changes require time. They creep up on us until they are part of us and there is no longer a use for the old.

It’s difficult to conceive of a technology so advanced and beneficial that majority can see its benefits and enforce its use in an instantaneous upgrade. Cars currently have too much value, and too much money is locked up in, or owed on vehicles. This has to be balanced off with what manufacturers are willing to do.

I will be surprised to see much change in the place of autonomous vehicles before the end of this decade. All the testing and prototyping that is underway is good and necessary. But legislation and people’s attitudes are slow to change, and this will ultimately be the biggest influence on implementation.

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