Chapter 6: Autonomous vehicles
(AVs), which are now under advanced development efforts, and which receive public attention worldwide, as being, potentially at least, revolutionary vehicles. We will discuss the upcoming AVs in this chapter from several perspectives. In the first two sections of the chapter, we will attempt to highlight the development of automation for car technology towards the upcoming commercial introduction of AVs, and we will further assess the prospects and obstacles towards their future potential mass adoption. These two discussions of AVs as small passenger cars will be complemented by brief expositions of two non-personal autonomous means for physical mobility: buses, and autonomous trucks and drones.
Following the discussions on the development and upcoming introduction of AVs, we will offer two interpretations for upcoming AVs. First, we will interpret them as a new mobility mode, as compared to the rather traditional human-driven cars. Thus, we will attempt to provide some initial highlights on the facilitation of personal mobility and personal autonomy when using AVs. Second, we will offer three historical interpretations for the upcoming introduction and possible adoption of AVs, all of which present cycle closings for mechanized mobility. The widest cycle will refer to the full automation of personal mobility means, virtual and physical alike; a smaller cycle will relate to the full automation of means for physical mechanized personal mobility; and the smallest will refer to the full automation of car operations.
AVs in general were declared as ‘the next mobile revolution’ (Maurer et al. 2016,...
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