aNewDomain.net — Check out this car of the future infographic. By 2040, it predicts self driving cars — autonomous vehicles — will be the typical vehicles on the road by 2040. Courtesy Lab54. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I don’t believe they will be prevalent or typical by 2040. There are other more reasonable approaches that make more sense.
– there are currently 260 million vehicles in the US. Annual sales are
trending towards 15 M units annually or greater. Add the normal service
life of 11+ years and scrape of 2M units annually we can forecast a
huge population of vehicles that lack the technical capabilities to be
retrofitted to be autonomous
A more reasonable approach is to use
existing sensor technology built within a smart device or easily added
to smart devices as well as inexpensive upgrades to traffic control
infrastructure and you have a traffic streamlining and additional safety
capability within 5-7 years.
Of course the graphic leaves out
any reference to security and privacy concerns as well as the compute/network
architecture to analyze the traffic patterns, routing, etc.?