Vision impos­si­ble? Autonomous dri­ving

19. September 2018

The ful­ly auto­mat­ed robot car, a mov­ing com­put­er, will con­quer our roads. The man­u­fac­tur­ers promise relaxed dri­ving, espe­cial­ly greater road safe­ty. Nev­er­the­less, sur­veys and stud­ies show very dif­fer­ent atti­tudes to autonomous dri­ving, e.g. between Europe and Asia.

Accep­tance in Ger­many and France, two major Euro­pean auto­mo­tive indus­try nations, is still well below 50%. So the con­fi­dence is not yet too high. In India and Chi­na, on the oth­er hand, the fig­ures are 80 % and more. While the traf­fic in megac­i­ties there is like dai­ly mad­ness and the self-pro­pelled mobile promis­es relief, one does not want to hand over the wheel to so quick­ly in Europe. The lat­est soft­ware scan­dals are like­ly to con­tribute to a car full of soft­ware being rather sus­pi­cious.

Reli­a­bil­i­ty and data secu­ri­ty are there­fore basic pre­req­ui­sites for build­ing trust. Our cur­rent use case “Com­fort and safe­ty in next-gen­er­a­­tion data-con­trolled vehi­cles” shows how this can work.