It is hypothesized that a world in which driverless cars rule the roads, we will see a significant reduction in on road fatalities. This along with the expected relief of major city congestion and a reduction of the number of cars on road make a driverless car future one to strive for.
Between today and that future we will all need to prepare ourselves for the implications.
- How will we as a society deal with loss of life based on how a software algorithm is written rather than human driver error, especially with the promise of massive reductions in road fatalities?
- How will we weigh the benefits on society against the inevitable job losses in the transportation industry (taxi, uber, truck drivers, etc)?
- What actions can individuals, industries & government take to ensure a smooth transition for these workers to new opportunities afforded by similar technological innovations?
- Planned research
- Project duration: 6-12 Months
- Commencement: Mid 2018
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Think about it
Ripple effects will be felt across several industries beyond Transportation such as Health and Social Services but arguably one of the most significant will be across the Insurance industry.
Consider the following scenario:
- Across the 4 parties involves in this process, who is liable for the damages caused in the car prang during the delivery?
- Who owns the data my car captured on its video feed and who's paid to capture & store it?
- What legal & privacy implications will need to be understood and addressed with changes to Australian regulations?
The total market for Autonomous Vehicles is expected to reach US $40 Billion over the next 5 years.