Since the advent of the concept of autonomous vehicles, there has always been an undercurrent of concern about the social impact if they became a reality. A few years ago Uber bought Otto, a startup that specialised in autonomous trucks. Unfortunately that all unwound when it was found that the creator of Otto had “borrowed” some data from his previous employer, Waymo, who sued and settled out of court. Motoring Weekly has written several articles over the past few years about the possible side effects of autonomous vehicles - many reports on other web sites or papers have been written about the excitement of getting into a vehicle and having it take the passengers to a destination. When this happens, two things are likely to occur. The first is that for some people, it will extend their working days. We saw this with mobile technology and trains: people with longer commutes simply worked a couple of extra hours a day. This will happen when people get into a car and start answering … [Read More...]
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