Autonomous cars are still coming, like it or not


Steve Fowler

2018-04-04 09:40

Following the Jaguar and Waymo deal, Steve Fowler thinks autonomous tech is here to stay


If theres one word thats guaranteed to stir debate at the moment, its autonomy. In spite of a recent survey claiming that 78 per cent of people are broadly supportive of autonomous technology, our mailbox is split between those who agree and those who think its a slight on humanity.
Of course, the deeply sad news of the fatal accident involving an autonomous car recently will have had an effect on views of driverless tech. And its absolutely right that Uber, the company involved, should suspend its testing pending investigations.
However, development will continue and whether we like it or not or choose to use it or not, autonomous technology will play a big part in our motoring future.
Along with electrification, its a subject that dominated the New York Motor Show, with Jaguar surprisingly stealing the headlines following its announcement of a deal with Waymo the rebadged Google autonomous car. Waymo will buy up to 20,000 all-electric I-Paces to be used as part of its ride-hailing service, but two things really stuck out for me.
Firstly, its one hell of a fleet deal! Thats a large chunk of I-Pace production, and its a car that I think Jaguar wont be able to make enough of anyway. Then theres the kudos for Jaguar of working with Waymo and you can be sure that the relationship will run deeper than just buying a load of cars. Expect it to benefit future Jaguar Land Rover products you might buy, too.
As someone whos a regular user of autonomous tech on some of my less enjoyable journeys, I think the benefits of arriving more relaxed, more quickly and more safely are clear. As it develops, itll get and keep more people mobile, that can only be a good thing, cant it?
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Steve Fowler

2018-04-04 09:40

Following the Jaguar and Waymo deal, Steve Fowler thinks autonomous tech is here to stay


If theres one word thats guaranteed to stir debate at the moment, its autonomy. In spite of a recent survey claiming that 78 per cent of people are broadly supportive of autonomous technology, our mailbox is split between those who agree and those who think its a slight on humanity.
Of course, the deeply sad news of the fatal accident involving an autonomous car recently will have had an effect on views of driverless tech. And its absolutely right that Uber, the company involved, should suspend its testing pending investigations.
However, development will continue and whether we like it or not or choose to use it or not, autonomous technology will play a big part in our motoring future.
Along with electrification, its a subject that dominated the New York Motor Show, with Jaguar surprisingly stealing the headlines following its announcement of a deal with Waymo the rebadged Google autonomous car. Waymo will buy up to 20,000 all-electric I-Paces to be used as part of its ride-hailing service, but two things really stuck out for me.
Firstly, its one hell of a fleet deal! Thats a large chunk of I-Pace production, and its a car that I think Jaguar wont be able to make enough of anyway. Then theres the kudos for Jaguar of working with Waymo and you can be sure that the relationship will run deeper than just buying a load of cars. Expect it to benefit future Jaguar Land Rover products you might buy, too.
As someone whos a regular user of autonomous tech on some of my less enjoyable journeys, I think the benefits of arriving more relaxed, more quickly and more safely are clear. As it develops, itll get and keep more people mobile, too.And that can only be a good thing, cant it?
Click here for our ultimage guide to self-driving cars...

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