Panelists also explored how Silicon Valley will influence the automotive industry, as the tech industry brings its deep pockets and disregard for regulatory structures to bear.
California based startup Peloton Technology has found a straightforward application of early autonomous technology to create dramatic fuel savings for a thirsty trucking industry.
These collaborations also help set the stage for the giant leap from research to deployment of driverless cars by addressing two critical issues, either of which could have become significant roadblocks for Google’s driverless aspirations.
As with every major technological transition, driverless cars will result in winners and losers. Here are seven of the biggest challenges as the technology moves forward.
In the U.S. alone, vehicular accidents have killed more than 32,000 people annually for the past five years for which data is available. That’s as if five 737 jets crashed every week. It is more than double the number of people who have died worldwide in the recent Ebola epidemic.
As distracted driving accounts for an increasing number of accidents, the arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles can’t come soon enough. But there’s a catch: Improper deployment of partially-autonomous vehicles to motorists who are already less focused on the road could have disastrous consequences.
Ford Motor Company joins the long list of automakers seeking to position themselves as providers of mobility solutions.
The United States is creating the technology to usher in a new era of autonomous, electric vehicles, but China could easily overtake us in capturing their advantages.
It’s now a good time to be in the auto business. Technological advancements are moving at a rapid pace and are set to continue at a fast clip, vehicle sales are at an all-time high, and low fuel costs for consumers are set to persist for the foreseeable future. But there are a number of hurdles on the horizon.
Even with oil prices at 12 year lows, hybrid vehicles can still create significant savings for commercial fleets. Here‘s how.