Robocars are driving a revolution, not only in the automotive industry, but also in cities, government, and productivity.
These automated vehicles could save tens of thousands of lives each year, prevent millions of accidents, and save billions of dollars in associated costs. Think, too, of how much more people can do if they're not wasting so much of their week behind the wheel piloting themselves from point A to point B.
Brad Templeton, chairman of computing and networks at Singularity University, frequently ponders the impact of automated cars. Templeton, who also advises the Google self-driving car team, will guide us during our 7DEE presentation, Driving the Robocar Revolution, today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. He is a director and former chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Foresight Institute board member, and an adviser to BitTorrent. He founded ClariNet Communications Corp., which calls itself the world's first dotcom company, and he created and publishes rec.humor.funny and its netfunny.com website.
Drivers aren't the only ones who will be affected by these new vehicles. Could people with visual impairments now drive cars? What do the cars mean for minors and the elderly (who might otherwise have their driver's license revoked)? How will insurance firms figure out rates when the vehicle itself is the operator? And what does it mean for the design of roads, parking garages, and ramps if human foibles and errors are removed from the equation?
Join us today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT for a fascinating trip across the robocar landscape. It will certainly be a ride to remember.
— Alison Diana , ThinkerNet Editor, Internet Evolution