One of the most exciting and promising aspects of connected car technology is so much is happening on so many fronts: cloud-based infotainment, driver assist and automation, big data analytics, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and more. And also that many of these technologies can coexist for the benefit of drivers and passengers.
An example of this is the way Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will be available along with automaker device integration solutions such as Jaguar Land Rover’s justDrive. The same goes for autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, although the author of a recent piece in Popular Science compares the two technologies as if pitting them against each other in a race to market.
We don’t argue with the writer’s statement that “robotic cars that drive everyone around are a distant dream at best,” since there are still many hurdles to overcome before vehicles become fully autonomous – not the least of which is liability (as opposed to technical) issues. And we concur with the author that V2V “could come much sooner than true universal automation,” although the technology has its own hurdles.
But we disagree with the author’s view that “Google’s well-publicized innovations could become a footnote in automotive history” since the company essentially kick-started autonomous car innovation among automakers. And this in turn has helped the driving public become more familiar and perhaps comfortable with semi-autonomous functions such as lane-keeping assist and forward-collision prevention.
Unlike V2V, these autonomous-driving features are already deployed on vehicles today, and will become more prevalent. This will inevitably lead to fully self-driving cars, while V2V (as well as V2I) will add another layer of protection for vehicles.
So it’s not a competition between autonomy and V2V – or between an automaker’s infotainment system and CarPlay and Android Auto. Instead it’s about giving drivers technologies that coexist to make time behind the wheel safer, more productive and less stressful.
Source: While World Fixates On ‘Autopilot,’ GM Bets on A Revolution within Reach – Popular Science