How The Automotive Industry Is Moving Towards The "Driverless Experience"

How The Automotive Industry Is Moving Towards The "Driverless Experience"

United Kingdom

With companies like TESLA and Audi, who are constantly presenting new AI-based applications for their new vehicles, whilst still keeping an eye on the environmental impact of these extremely advanced machines, it's easy to understand how the automotive industry is moving towards certain technologies. Let's analyse why the "Driverless Experience" will be the biggest thing in the nearest future.


The Autopilot Revolution, Or Day One

TESLA has become the biggest example of technological progression being applied to the automotive industry. When the first version of their autopilot was launched with the original TESLA model S, car manufacturers like Audi and Volkswagen started to invest in the engineering part of the matter, by hiring SLAM engineers and more VR and Machine Learning professional figures. The "autopiloting" industry is stated around $50 millions as of today and it's very likely to become the foundation of what the driverless experience will be in the next 10 years.

Questions And Doubts

Since project D was announced by Audi, the entire "driverless experience" was heavily criticized by security experts even from companies who embraced autopiloting-related features like Volvo, for example, as they stated that the human factor, when driving, is still uncomparable in terms of reaction times and predictions. In general, there's still a bit of scepticism moving through the automotive industry in regards to this very matter.

The Market Value

Of course, when properly implemented and when driverless technology will reach "the consumer's market", a lot of sectors will drastically change. Think about Uber, for example, completely run by a driverless vehicle. This may sound like science fiction as of today, but it's relatively close to reality, as the company is heavily investing in a lot of different setups which are VR and SLAM-based.

To Conclude

It's safe to say that the driverless experience will be relying a lot on investors in order to reach the consumer's market, given the fact that it has been estimated that one of these vehicles has currently (even if just a prototype) a cost of $25 million. We can safely expect this to happen, though, in the next 10 years.