Let's walk before we run, getting something in place will be hard as these autonamous cars have to co-exist with "normal" ones for a while...I wonder at which point "normal" cars will be phased out, as analog TV today...nice article by the way Junko!
Hi, Kris. As you can see in the page 2 of this article, the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has laid out a pretty comprehensive set of five levels of autonomy for autonomous cars. And I think this is very useful.
What you described might belong to the Level 2, according to NHTSA's categorization -- or somewhere in between level 2 and level 3.
The issue is that where the sweet spot is going to be -- in terms of the market demand. Level 2 or level 3?
With the growing number of aging population, though, Level 3 (or Level 4) might be what might be really needed.
Agree Junko, we need a definition of autonomous to start any discussion on this topic...I think the pragmatic, shorter term definition would be a car that can drive without driver involvolvement on highway (maybe autonomous highway needs to be defined too)...any other ideas? Kris
I think we are all getting ahead of ourselves by using the term "Automous Cars" casually. When reading some of the market research analysts' reports, I was confused; then, only by talking to them, i realized that there are so many shades of autonomy in autonomous cars!