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IT leader’s guide to the future of autonomous vehicles

Originally Published:
Aug 2017

In the past few years, the technology behind autonomous vehicles has made enormous strides—and the pace of development and testing shows no sign of slowing down. This ebook offers a broad look at the trends unfolding around self-driving transportation, from Tesla’s Autopilot technology to Google’s Waymo project to Apple’s focus on autonomous systems.

From the ebook:

The race to create the best driverless car has never been hotter, thanks in part to Tesla’s announcement last fall that every car in production will now have the capability for full autonomy by 2018.

The rise of driverless vehicles is going to have a major impact on businesses and professionals. Automated vehicles could replace corporate fleets for deliveries or transporting employees, for example. And workers could gain productive hours in the day by working instead of driving during daily commutes. Innovations in this field are also poised to completely change the car insurance industry by reducing accidents. A KPMG report predicts that accidents will drop by 80% by 2040.

But what does “autonomous driving” really mean? In 2013, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defined five levels of autonomous driving. In October 2016, the NHTSA updated its policy to reflect that it has officially adopted the levels of autonomy outlined in the SAE International’s J3016 document.

The NHTSA is “working to transform government for the 21st century, harnessing innovation and technology that will improve people’s lives,” according to a representative. “This is an area of rapid change, which requires the DOT and NHTSA to remain flexible and adaptable as new information and technologies emerge. Amid that rapid change, the North Star for DOT and NHTSA remains safety.”

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