The car’s place in the future of mobility
People won’t trust robocars until they’ve tried them
How’s the tech involved in autonomous driving coming along?
It’s making good progress, with some well-publicised disasters en route. But there’s another challenge, according to robotics expert Karl Iagnemma: perceived safety. His autonomous driving software company, nuTonomy, has found that there’s no substitute for bums on seats.
What, so you just give people demo rides?
‘When people get in our cars they’re initially very excited, but when it starts moving and the steering wheel is turning itself they’re terriied,’ says Iagnemma, ‘but in minutes people feel comfortable. When individuals actually experience the tech, they get comfortable very quickly.’
So advantage nuTonomy, then…
Not so. ‘Safety transcends competition,’ says Iagnemma. ‘As an industry we’re highly competitive – the last thing you want to do is enable a competitor. But whenever there’s an accident with an AV it relects back on the whole industry.’ So they’re sharing test data with rivals, to help hasten safer roads.
nuTonomy is putting in the miles to get vital data – thensharing it