AD #1879 – Autonomy Set To Soar, Renault Twingo GT Debuts, EU Market On The Mend

June 7th, 2016 at 11:54am

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- EU Market On The Mend
- GM Lowers Break-Even Point
- Mercedes Uses INRIX Tech
- Twingo GT Debuts
- Autonomy Set To Soar
- Dow Chemical Buys Dow Corning

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15 Comments to “AD #1879 – Autonomy Set To Soar, Renault Twingo GT Debuts, EU Market On The Mend”

  1. Steve W Says:

    While I am one of those that don’t feel that I would ever want autonomous driving for myself I can see it becoming very popular in the future as now predicted, as our population ages and people don’t want to give up their independence.

  2. Lex Says:

    Is Gorilla Glass going to help reduce the number of damaged windshield or it it just for light weighting vehicles?

  3. Rob Says:

    The biggest problem with mass transit in the US is Americans are lazy and will not walk a few blocks. They like privacy and want to be taken from door to door and not make 8 stops along the way, that’s why I really think autonomy and conductivity will have huge impacts on a lot more than the auto industry.

    I really foresee a day where inner city mobility will be thousands of very small one or two passenger electric pods (cars) moving people from A to B. No routes to follow or transfers to make. This will kill bus transit systems.
    Not to mention the huge impact on emissions by using our existing roads and Hwys more efficiently not having cars sitting idle on the hwy or driving around looking for parking spots. It will be a good thing eventually.

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    Saw the new Rolls-Royce Phantom on the Autobahn near Munich this morning, all covered in camo, looked kind of huge.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Another big problem with mass transit in the US, is that it barely exists in many, or most places. The New York subway has huge ridership. Unfortunately, NYC is one of few US cities with good mass transit, and that system has serious maintenance issues.

  6. Rob Says:

    #5 Yes major cities that have transit systems are typically old. Or smaller cities like Detroit that has the people mover that circles about 8 blocks is minimally helpful.

    I was recently in San Fran and they have an elaborate system that includes trams, buses, trolleys, streetcars and electric buses and covers a large area, so to look at their transit map and figure out how to get somewhere is not easy for a visitor. (they do have an app that will figure it out for you but it may require more than a few transfers)
    So the thought of getting into a car punching in the exact location you want to go, get a price and swipe your card and away you go seems like a great option.

  7. Roger T Says:

    These sales predictions so far out are as unreliable as they are interesting – think electric cars predictions.
    Yet I think autonomous technologies have a long way to go, still, from regulatory, technique harmonization, vehicle communication and infrastructure that would enable a safe drive in low visibility conditions (snow, heavy rain, ofuscating conditions, poor road demarcation, etc). The main difference here vs electric vehicles is that value is unquestionable on autonomous vehicles.

  8. MJB Says:

    #1. I never thought about autonomous cars from that perspective, but you make an excellent point, Steve. The elderly, who would otherwise have been stripped of driving privileges after getting senile, will now be able to maintain their mobile independence.

    Of course, the catch-22 of that scenario is that the elderly are the LEAST likely to ever trust an autonomous car!

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I guess I’m more skeptical than most about autonomous cars, but I’d guess a number closer to zero sales, than .8M, in 2025. Maybe my idea of autonomous cars is different from some, though. To me, an autonomous car is one that work on all public roads, in any weather conditions suitable for regular driving, by telling it a destination, like “Joes Bar and Grill,” and it will take you there.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Until all in-car and roadside communications,as well as car to car commo is perfected,and hardened,all I see right now is a hackers and lawyers dream world.

  11. cwolf Says:

    There is a lot of jockeying towards becoming autonomous, but one has to realize nothing major will occur for another decade! I surmise autononmous taxis and semis will become the focus, while cars/trucks continue to have new bobbles added, like self parking, as technology becomes proven. Clearly those on this site show great interest, yet I am not convinced the over-all public will be so accepting once they get a taste of just how bland driving has become.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The thing that makes me skeptical, is the ability to deal with all of the visual cues of driving, with pedestrians, bicycles going the wrong way, dogs, etc., along with the variation and fading of lane markings, tree limbs in front of stop signs, etc. Maybe I will be proven wrong. I never would have expected to see a phone like I’m typing this on a few years ago.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ cwolf and Kit: Yup,there are so many variables that I’ve heard no talk about.Tree limbs blocking stop signs is a scary thought,when one gives it some thought and not drinking the autonomous koolaid.

    As most have voiced here many times,it ain’t yet ready for primetime.And it WILL take time.And cwolf,10 years sounds about right to get everything in place,nationwide.But that brings up,as it stands now,a whole ton of money,which our govt doesn’t have.

  14. Rob Says:

    #12 The variable that concerns me the most, is what an autonomous car will do when there is no good option. As in the case of driving a 2 lane road a deer or worse a pedestrian appears out from behind an object. The vehicle cannot be stopped in time but there is oncoming traffic. Does it decide to swerve into on-coming traffic, hit the object, take the ditch, or just give up and alert the driver to take over within that half second?

  15. Ukendoit Says:

    #14 and others, it has been reported that part of the autonomous programming is a “value system” that basically assigns points to how bad a scenario is (hitting a deer, hitting a pedestrian, hitting an oncoming vehicle, etc). Supposedly, the vehicle can evaluate all the obstacles/variables, assign each of them a value, analyze the potential for damage or any possible escape route, and act accordingly all within a split second -faster and more reliably than a human. This is one of the many cases where if it performs properly, autonomous driving would be safer than leaving driving to the distracted humans.
    Another is the blocked stop sign. Whereas the human may not see the sign behind the limb, with V2V, sensors, & GPS systems, the vehicle could “see” where a stop sign is supposed to be or at least evaluate if it is safe to proceed into the intersection or not. It may just “yield” instead of stopping, but should be safer than someone not seeing a blocked sign.
    I agree the systems may not be 100% for 10 years, but if the vehicles work towards that goal in the meantime, the roads will steadily get safer.