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27 Jan, 2012

John Day

Considering the number of traffic accidents involving driver error, it seems obvious that many lives would be saved if cars could drive themselves. Additional benefits of autonomous vehicles include less traffic congestion and better fuel economy/lower emissions.

The enabling technology is close at hand. Google’s fleet of driverless cars has traveled nearly 200,000 miles, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has sponsored three Grand Challenge events, and automotive electronics applications such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and parallel park assist are increasingly common.

So near and yet so far, as an article by John Markoff in the January 23 New York Times<strong> </strong>makes clear. Speakers at a symposium sponsored by the Santa Clara Law Review (<a href=""></a>) suggested that questions of legal liability, privacy, and insurance regulation could pose more problems than the technology.

Not that the technology is a slam dunk. Among the problems remaining to be solved are how a driverless vehicle can recognize a safety officer motioning the vehicle to pull over or to proceed in a different direction than the vehicle intends. Or how a driverless vehicle programmed to obey all traffic regulations will fare against human drivers who cut metaphorical corners. Sven A. Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, suggests that completely autonomous vehicles may be operating on limited roads in 20 years. Autonomous driving presents a huge ongoing reliability challenge for automotive electronics engineers

It’s good to know that attention is being paid to liability, privacy, insurance, and other issues in addition to technology. It’s encouraging to think that in as little as 20 years driverless vehicles will be a reality albeit in limited form. In the meantime we can look forward to more quasi-autonomous systems that give drivers the option of letting the car take over.

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automotive electronics applications, autonomous vehicles, parallel park assist, Center for Automotive Research, Google Driverless Car, DARPA, lane keeping assist, Santa Clara Law Review, New York Times, Stanford University, DARPA Grand Challenge

14 Oct, 2010

John Day The New York Times published a positive story about Detroit this week (Oct. 12). It referenced the fact that U.S. brands edged imports in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, 108 to 109 PP100 (problems per-100 vehicles within 90 days of purchase). Ford cracked the IQS top five for the first time, and Lincoln had 23 fewer problems per 100 vehicles than it did last year. Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac all … Read More

New York Times, J.D. Power and Associates, Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GM, GMC, Ford, Ford Sync

7 Jan, 2010


Posted by John Day

John Day Readers of the New York Times were shocked – shocked – by a January 7 article headlined “Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards.” Most of the nearly 500 Times readers who posted comments on the paper’s Web site voiced outrage that the automotive industry, in its greed and stupidity (paraphrasing here), would have the audacity to offer such disastrous wares when so much attention is already … Read More

Distracted Driving, Ford, Audi, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Infotainment, New York Times


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