Is the future Autonomous? What challenges to achieving an autonomous reality?
No question about the future being autonomous. For sure it is!
On that, any solution needs to be practical from a customer point of view, and not necessarily the most technically advanced. Important is to put the needs and requirements of the citizens first in order to deploy a technical solution that meets the customer’s very needs and requirements. The system should not be only treated as M2M devices for enterprises, but focus on the end user: the traveller.
Technically, the big challenges today is to make a vehicle to operate in any condition with the state of the art safety and security standards. The mindset and educational level of the society is also important as the citizens need to learn about and trust the technology.
Regulatory bodies also need to speed up to solve the legislation issues that prevents deployment of AVs. But, as mentioned before, all in accordance with the right level of safety and security standards required.
On another end, autonomous vehicles represent an exceptional opportunity to change urban mobility as long as it is integrated to the public transport network, shared and seamless.