The future of autonomous vehicles could be influenced by aviation technology
Driverless cars are the next big revolution in the automotive industry, with Google already releasing self-driving vans in Chandler, Arizona. General Motors is planning on testing their own self-driving vehicles in 2019 and Ford have aspirations of having a model in 2021. The benefits to these technological marvels are nearly limitless and one of the benefits is the expected decrease in accidents. However, they aren't without their flaws as there is very little peer evaluation and little government oversight at this point in time. Well, a start-up company is looking to the aviation industry for inspiration. That company's name is Zoox and they are based out of Silicone Valley. They're looking at developing a more collaborative model.
The aviation industry has a more stringent set of standards over the self-regulating standards seen in the automotive industry. The cautious approach seems to be working for the aviation industry as there hasn't been a commercial passenger jet crash since 2017 and airline crashes have been in decline since the early 1990s, despite more people flying.
Zoox is probably going to be among the most cutting edge when it comes to driverless cars, instead of retrofitting already existing models and installing technology to allow them to drive themselves, they will be creating their own vehicle from the ground up. According to CNN, 94 percent of accidents occur because of driver error.
It will be interesting to see where Zoox is able to take their technology which will be cutting edge. It would actually be incredibly beneficial if it was adopted as it would take the safety standards out of the manufacturer's hands and actually force the cars to be upheld to a universal standard. If it's implemented, it will be a good thing because there is no baseline as of right now for self-driving cars as they are an infant technology at this point in time and it still needs time to develop.
Not a whole lot of information has been released on this latest innovation but it will be interesting to see where it evolves in the coming months and years.