Disrupted Cars – the barrier to adoption is not technology but legislation

More evidence that positive disruption will be hampered and harmed by legislation

iDisrupted Commentary

For at least two sectors – pharma and automotive (and coming – aeronautical) that are being quickly disrupted by technology there are looming blockers, human trust and government legislation. Trust comes relatively easily – especially when driven by great product functionality and UX – like the iPhone. Legislation is a problem until it starts to use meta data sets to power decision making over and above the subjective opinion of a small group of experts.

Here’s what Google Cars are doing to move things along in the meantime, Google-self-driving-car-prototype-front-three-quartersFrom the NextWeb: “When it comes to the policing of self-driving cars and how to introduce them to our current roads, it’s a tricky situation. Who will this responsibility ultimately lie with?

Well, to help clear things up Google has partnered with Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft to create a coalition that will “work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.”

To have influential companies like Google and Ford come together is a good sign for the future of autonomous driving and will surely catch the attention of the regulators who can so easily slow down the process of these vehicles ever hitting the roads.

Right now we have the technology and the prototypes, as well as countless test drives, but there are legal restrictions halting regular drivers from actually setting out on the road in an autonomous vehicle, not least insurance questions.

If an autonomous car crashes into a building or another vehicle, who is responsible? Is it the person who’s sitting in the car but not actually controlling it, or the manufacturer that programmed it? These are the types of issues the coalition will be addressing with policymakers and hopefully speeding up the process of getting autonomous cars on the road as a result.”…more