Inspired by a SlideShare Chris Hedden, Dan Krechmer and Ron Basile created last year, The Top Five Things Planners Need to Know About Self-Driving Vehicles, Ryan Klitzsch presents this topic from the transportation safety planners and State Highway Safety Office perspective.
Some folks have suggested the introduction of self-driving cars, with their potentially significantly lower crash rates, could spell the end of the heyday of the auto-insurance industry. Digital music did it for the recording industry, will self-driving cars do it for the auto insurance industry?
It sometimes seems that people believe self-driving vehicles are destined to happen, as if there exists some natural, inevitable, evolutionary force, always driving technology forward. I fear there is no such force.
A great deal of the media’s coverage of self-driving vehicles these days focuses on the companies behind their development. This includes new players in the arena such as Google, Tesla, and Uber; as well as traditional auto manufactures such as GM and its Super Drive product.