This is a synthesis blog for Dylan Hong's semester. It covers all topics he has blogged about and some of what his final project worked on.
There are many stories of self-driving cars that are about to hit the road, but remember to stay skeptical! It seems like technology executives are just making statements to excite people. To ride the wave as their stock prices rise every time a CEO makes a new promise about how superior their technology is. Generally, the worst thing that happens when you release a half-baked product is you annoy a few costumers. Releasing a half-baked self-driving car could kill people. I’m just saying that it’s better for everybody overall if we release self-driving cars when they are ready, not just when news outlets want them to be.
In lieu of bad publicity around the company Uber, they are getting ahead of the game and promoting transparency in the realm of self driving cars. They don’t want their past reputation to soil any potential marketshare they can obtain in the field of autonomous vehicles. Now that we have a previously shady company trying to repent for their mistakes, we see an Uber that’s trying as hard as they can to increase trust in themselves as well as autonomous vehicles. This could be what the public needed. Uber may very well be the company that starts steering the public into the favor of self-driving cars. Maybe Uber’s untrustworthy past will be the driving force in securing widely-accepted autonomous future.
AVs are already being used as public transit in some areas. There are still issues to iron out, but the AVs are going slow enough to be extremely safe for pedestrians. Might pedestrians take advantage of AV safety features and eventually take over roads?
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?
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?