Plextek Consulting vision paper highlights the various steps the industry can, and will need to take, to make the autonomous car vision a reality over the next 10 years
Driverless cars, and more broadly autonomous vehicles, are high on the agenda for every major player in the automotive industry (and the likes of Google and Apple) with innovations set to monumentally change the landscape of the automotive industry and create the biggest transformation of society’s view of the vehicle in 150 years. However, getting there will necessitate the coming together of many diverse stakeholders, each with their own agenda, to try to resolve complex debates over safety, security, reliability and liability.
Plextek Consulting argues that it is therefore essential the industry takes on-board independent perspectives if it is to successfully drive the consistent global standards, interoperability and test platforms needed to certify the resilience of autonomous vehicles to wireless threats and cyber-attack. This will ultimately help fuel public confidence and acceptance of the benefits that autonomous vehicles bring to society, with the potential to create a $42 billion market by 2025.
Andrew Ashby, Automotive and Transport Business Manager at Plextek Consulting commented: "To realise the autonomous ‘dream’, industry and societal stakeholders must be brought together in order to discuss and resolve complex issues over safety, security, reliability and liability to ensure this revolutionary technology makes the leap from concept to reality. To produce fully autonomous vehicle systems where drivers or owners will reap the full benefits - such as reduced journey times, insurance premiums and a healthier lifestyle overall - a whole new level of integrated connectivity over and above what Google call an ‘autonomous car’ is a fundamental requirement.”
To elaborate on the challenges the autonomous vehicle industry faces, Plextek Consulting's Andrew Ashby has authored a vision paper "Why won’t Google eliminate human driving in five years?” drawing on more than a decade of experience designing leading-edge technology for automotive equipment manufacturers in areas such as infotainment systems, vehicle tracking, telematics and communications. This paper can be downloaded here .
The vision paper discusses in detail five key steps to achieving industry momentum:
Government legislation must be passed to allow autonomous vehicles (the level of autonomy that Google refers too) on all public roads
Insurers will need to accept the risks/implications of new levels of connectivity and an entirely new model for ownership that doesn’t make the driver/owner responsible
Manufacturers & service providers must agree – as a partnership – to standards for resilience to cyber-attack
The automotive industry will need to adopt international rules for interoperability that ubiquitously apply across all manufacturers and vehicle models
Manufacturers and service providers must agree – as a partnership – to standards for data-
sharing between vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. There will be need for end-to-end communications of critical/private data to be authenticated by some means