Foley hosted Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics on January 14 and undoubtedly, our speakers agreed – the connected car is here to stay with technology rapidly advancing towards the integration of autonomous vehicles. Speakers provided supplier, OEM and legal perspectives on the technologies and challenges associated with the increased interconnectivity of vehicles.
Though Telematics are already in most cars (think self-parking, smart cruise control, etc.) the goal is to improve V2V communication in order to make cars fully autonomous. But why is that the goal? Because customers insist on the latest technology for their vehicles, not only for convenience but most importantly, for safety. This is no easy task, as one speaker pointed out – there are more lines of code in a luxury vehicle than a 777 Dreamliner.
And while technology is a challenge faced by both suppliers and OEMs, the integration of connected cars and ultimately, autonomous vehicles, will not be led by technology; they’ll be led by legal and ethical issues. As Dashboard Insights explored earlier, technology is not the limiting factor in getting the autonomous, or driverless, car on the road. The limiting factors are diverse and they include:
All these issues will need to be addressed before the general public will embrace a driverless vehicle. The Dashboard Insights team will continue to follow and will continue to publish articles on the developments in telematics technology and related regulations. Stay tuned…