Driverless Vehicles: How Will the Future Affect Your Fleet?

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson is set to address U.S. government officials today about autonomous car regulation. Currently, there are laws in place throughout the U.S. to regulate the testing of automated vehicles; however, these laws differ from state-to-state. According to Samuelsson, this makes the transition to a driverless society pretty challenging. Why? Because it’s next to impossible for automakers to design a vehicle that meets all of the regulations held by different states. If there was a federally recognized set of regulations for these vehicles, it would be much easier for automated vehicle research and design to advance.

Volvo is currently at the forefront of autonomous driving technology after the announcement of their IntelliSafe Autopilot application.

Here’s how IntelliSafe works:

– This feature will only be able to function on pre-approved roads. It won’t turn on while the car is driving on an unapproved road.
– To turn on the autopilot feature, the driver must place his or her hands on the wheel for a few seconds. Then, the feature is engaged and will drive for as long as the vehicle is on an approved road.
– If the car is approaching the end of the approved road, a 60-second countdown will begin. At the end of the 60-seconds, the autopilot feature will be turned off.
– If the driver doesn’t notice that the feature has been turned off, the car will come to a safe stop.

If the U.S. develops a federally recognized set of regulations soon, Volvo predicts this technology could be available in vehicles as early as 2020.

For members of the fleet industry, safety is always a top priority. Today, fleet managers can use technology to track their vehicles and monitor their driver behavior. If driverless vehicles become the norm within a few years, how will this affect the fleet industry?

What do you think? Is Volvo simply riding the next wave of the future, or will their autonomous driving project create more harm than good? Leave us some LinkedIn comments or tweet us at @AssetworksFleet. We’d love to hear your opinions on how this could affect the fleet industry.


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