The advancement of the autonomous vehicle has garnered public attention and scrutiny in recent years. Many technology vendors and end users are incredibly excited with the realization of the fully autonomous driving experience. Widescale adoption of the autonomous vehicle is expected to reduce traffic deaths and harmful emissions, thus improving quality of life and promoting sustainable growth.
Despite all the promises, the path toward vehicle autonomy is riddled with safety, security, privacy, and ethical concerns. In recent years, consumer vehicles with Level 2 autonomous capabilities were involved in fatal traffic accidents due to inappropriate driving behavior. High-profile accidents involving Uber, Tesla, and NIO indicate a poor understanding of the capabilities of autonomous vehicles by consumers. Furthermore, vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have not been entirely forthcoming regarding the limitation of vehicle autonomy.
This whitepaper explores the current state of vehicle autonomy :
- In-depth market forecasts
- Ethical challenges and key concerns
- An ethical AI framework
- Methods to facilitate acceptance and adoption
- The need for a universal regulatory approach