Combined with the Tesla Autopilot incident a few months back that brought some much-needed attention to what it will take to turn autopilot into true autonomy, there are clearly strides that need to be made.
Despite technological advances, accidents like these reduce consumer trust and send companies back a few steps. A true autonomous future is perhaps as far away as 50 years, considering all that needs to happen to ensure safety and prepare the average driver.
While one will see the occasional driverless car zipping tech execs around Silicon Valley, new connected cars will still be out of reach for most families.
What’s more probable is that people will continue to drive around cars they already own, but with slight improvements in design and technology.