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  • In June 2019, the Smart Mobility Living Lab announced the first routes for real-world on road testing of Autonomous vehicles. (See the full article)
  • In October 2019, the DRIVEN consortium celebrated a project milestone which set to demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous vehicles in London's challenging and complex urban environment. (See the full article)
  • Professor Nick Read describes how work life could look like in ten years with fully autonomous driving and how it would positively affect our work/life balance (Read the blog post here)


Autonomous Vehicles: 5 Questions we need to start asking

  1. Should we push driverless cars forward or hold them back?
  • The good: AV's will not be parked (much), freeing urban areas to become homes, businesses, and parks; AV's should not kill people, promising an end to almost all the ~ 1 million worldwide deaths from car accidents each year.
  • The bad: AV's will not need human drivers leading to job losses.

      2. AV's will super-charge tech's second wave. Could they lead a third?

  • Tech’s first wave carried information. Bits moved bits. Now in its second wave, tech uses bits to move atoms. Ride-hailing companies - Uber and Lyft - show how software can change how physical things — cars, people and goods — move through the world. Autonomy will enable an explosion of new mobility services. Will autonomy also change how we perceive cars? AVs can move themselves ????. They will seem alive. With AVs, we will be moved. Not “moved” like sacks of cocoa beans round a chocolate factory. Moved moved. Moved to take action. Moved to affection. Moved to tears.

      3. We talk alot about what AV's might do. What might AV's be?

  • We could build a remote control for your car — the ability to summon and direct your vehicle from your smartphone. Some major players are pursuing this route. But is that what we want? Do we want AVs — robots on wheels — to be silent servants that fulfill our commands? Well, watch 2001: A Space Odyssey. Spoiler alert — no, it’s not!

      4. Man's (new) best friend. Will AV's be more like pets than PC's?

  • AVs (and machine learning / artificial intelligence more broadly) will have superhuman capabilities. This should not scare us. Humans have a long (long) history of adopting into our lives and society other beings that are more capable than us. A few examples:

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      5. Closing the loop. What can you do?

  • AVs matter. They will do good and bad to the world. Thinking wildly about impacts on humanity — drawing on science fiction, fantasy and natural history — can help us decide what to drive forward and what to protect against. Their ability to move themselves will make AVs seem more alive than other machines. This should not scare us — if we do it right. Treating something as inferior leaves us paranoid that the roles might one day be reversed. When we acknowledge that something or someone is better, we adore them. Empathetic connection will enable a third wave for tech. It may be the final phase; creating a complete loop where software (bits) drives AVs (atoms) firing emotions (neurons) causing further actions.

Source: The Startup (Click to read full article)