Highway driving is an already established use case for autonomous driving. The full benefits, however, can only be attained when the interference of manual-driven cars are removed from the scenario. Dedicating an AV lane on highways would be a cost-effective measure to modify infrastructure to cope with the transition period to full autonomy, as well as provide much-needed improvements in traffic.
The reality remains that most cities will have to slowly adapt to accommodate self-driving cars. But, it is interesting to consider the cases where entirely new urban developments place no restrictions on infrastructure development. This provides insight into what the "ideal" self-driving city would be, and what our current cities could aspire to.
Infrastructure change tends to be thought of in terms of new structures and redesigning existing structures, but the adoption of autonomous vehicles will also allow the elimination of many traditional features of infrastructure. The home garage, public parking facilities, mechanic shops, traffic lights, gas stations, and even road signs could be potentially eliminated. The disappearance of these institutions might be unsettling at first, but soon they just might be mentioned in history books.
Every day seems to offer a new vision of autonomous vehicle infrastructure. It can be confusing enough for industry professionals to make sense of it all, much less the politicians that will be making decisions on it. The current state of our infrastructure is terrible, which provides the opportunity to design improvements with self-driving cars in mind in order to prepare for the future.
Changing someone's mind and their preconceived notions is not as simple as presenting them with accurate data and facts. In fact, it can be very difficult to change someones mind once it is made up. This can be tricky when trying to navigate emerging technologies. How can the AV industry ensure that public opinions are being formed by accurate information and not through misinformation.
How will we prepare for a future society that integrates self driving cars? How have societies handled and predicted new technological advancements, and how accurate have they been?
How will clickbait and false representations of AV accidents effect user trust in this emerging technology?
There are two clear lanes for autonomous vehicles to enter: personal AVs and ride sharing or communal self driving cars. This post examines two companies, Audi and Uber, going after different segments of the market in order to examine which is best positioned for success?
How will the world of pop-culture interact with self-driving cars? We have seen their depiction in movies and TV shows in the past but could its appearance in modern entertainment mediums play a role in developing user trust?