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It’s the future Rodney!

I’ve just read an interesting article taken from a report by Global Market Insights on how Artificial Intelligence within the auto industry is going to grow. Well, in fact, explode! From 1 Billion US Dollars to 12 Billion US Dollars by the year 2026.

Does anyone else find that exciting but frightening in equal measures? I’m getting images of the Will Smith film i-Robot.

AI it seems will be used to feed our ever-growing need for comfort when driving and increasing demands for automotive safety. We’re already aware of how this has started – with some cars now having the capabilities of automated lane changing assistance and parking.

Tesla already has Navigate on Autopilot fitted in their newest cars and Toyota are talking of their driver assistance systems to enable automatic valet parking as standard in future vehicles. I’m only just getting used to Cruise Control if I’m honest!

‘Wow’ can also mean safety

From what I understand; and I’m not unintelligent by any means, but it can be a bit mind-boggling to think how far our industry has come; context-awareness systems are the key.

With the help of multi-sensory input assessing situational intelligence and the computers onboard, almost any road situation can be detected and classified—things like road conditions, traffic, infrastructure, pedestrians etc.

Less futuristic ‘wow’ and more ‘common sense’ is the European Commission’s 2019 mandate that cars manufactured after 2022 must be fitted with built-in signal recognition systems that reduce “over-speeding and rash driving” and further promote safety on our roads.

Industry leaders like Ford, Volvo, Daimler, BMW, Tesla, Audi, Honda (and more) are working closely with tech companies like Microsoft, Intel, IBM (and more). Not only to make sure they all get their fair market share but to ensure the future of the automotive industry gets and stays ahead of the game.

Is this the future for us all?

Reading up on the topic of AI in the automotive industry has led me to start thinking about my work. Could it ever be possible that a robot could replace me? What do the advancements in AI mean for the future of driver training and driving lessons?

I’ll be fascinated to know your thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m off to prepare some training, before any robots get a look in. Can I offer anyone a ride in my Robin Reliant? Anyone…?