Moving Forward: 2018 CES & Autonomous Vehicles
At the Consumer Electronics Show (now simply referred to as CES) in January, autonomous vehicles and self-driving technology were once again on full display. As technology continues to be integrated into the cars we drive, vehicles have become a larger part of CES, turning it into one of the more prominent auto shows in the U.S. This article will explore some of the emerging trends in connected cars and autonomous vehicles and explore some of what was learned about the future prospects of self-driving cars at CES.
In terms of the advancement and integration of technology with vehicles, the industry is poised for fast-paced change and rapid innovation the likes of which we’ve seen with the explosive growth and connectivity of computers and phones in recent decades. There are, however, some valid concerns about both connected cars and autonomous vehicles.
According to a 2017 survey by the National Law Review, safety is far and away the biggest concern with self-driving vehicles. For connected cars—those that have internet access & share information—the primary concern is cybersecurity and privacy concerns, followed by safety issues. There’s certainly enough incidents peppered throughout the news about self-driving and autonomous vehicles causing accidents to warrant some skepticism about the safety of them. As with any emerging technology, there are always some issues to be worked out initially, but weighing that against human safety can be a very tricky road to navigate.
Two other concerns weighed heavily in the survey as well: the potential of making such technologies ubiquitous and the willingness of consumers to adopt them. Those two may in fact be somewhat tied together; consumers may be more willing to adopt modern technology in their vehicles if they know it can be done safely, both in terms of their physical health and their privacy.
The Benefits Of Autonomous Driving Vehicles
Now that we’ve addressed some of the possible down sides of jumping too quickly into self-driving cars, let’s take a look at some of the benefits.
A recent study funded by the National Science Foundation, whose finding were on display at the Washington Auto Show in January, showed a number of positives when just a few autonomous vehicles were implemented with human drivers.
Researchers determined that even a small number of autonomous cars, 5% to be specific, had a major positive impact on both fuel consumption and the flow of traffic. The main factor in increased fuel efficiency was from more efficient merging, lane changing and less overall stop and go traffic.
The researchers concluded that, even with just this minor implementation of autonomous cars, fuel consumption could reduced by nearly 40% while also positively impacting the flow of traffic.
Autonomous Vehicle Information & Resources
Autonomous Driving Legislation – Information about legislation regarding autonomous driving vehicles from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The NCSL is a bipartisan group that presents news and studies about issues on the state level of government.
AAMVA Autonomous Vehicle Information – A repository of information about autonomous vehicles from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, The AAMVA is a non-profit group that works to provide information about vehicle safety and legal issues.
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