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Autonomous vehicles: The coming insurrection

  • July 2015
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The technology required to produce an autonomous vehicle already exists in specific circumstances. The challenge is to make self-driving cars viable in all locations, conditions and situations. Whilst the solutions to these challenges feel temptingly close, there are significant barriers to widespread adoption. Nevertheless, many expect autonomous cars to be on the roads in the next decade.

Features and benefits

* An easy to understand, but detailed explanation of how autonomous vehicles actually work.
* An assessment of the key suppliers, players and buyers in the autonomous vehicle industry.
* A detailed analysis of the potential positive impact of autonomous vehicles.
* A detailed analysis of the potential negative impact of autonomous vehicles.


Transportation without human input comes in various shapes and sizes with a range of existing functionality from parking sensors and adaptive cruise control to fully autonomous, prototype cars with zero human intervention required. A variety of technologies are used to achieve these advanced systems, much of which are already in use today.
A whole host of industries and companies will be involved in the autonomous vehicle market. Key areas will include: parts and systems; maps and navigation; network and communications infrastructure; and insurance and content providers. Details of companies within each area are provided in this report.
Incumbent automotive manufacturers are largely intent on retaining the driving experience offered by current vehicles that can then be enhanced by progressively sophisticated driver assistance systems until full AV can be provided at the push of a button.

Your key questions answered

* What are the key technologies involved in the production of autonomous vehicles?
* Who are the key suppliers, manufacturers and potential buyers of autonomous vehicles?
* What are the most important future themes and questions that will develop over the next few years in terms of self-driving cars?
* Will autonomous vehicles have a positive or negative impact on society and the economy?

Table Of Contents

Autonomous vehicles: The coming insurrection
Combining technologies to great effect
Better than human perception?
Connected infrastructure and mapping essential
Artificial intelligence secret to success
Key suppliers gaining first mover advantage
Parts and systems
Maps and navigation
Network and communications infrastructure
Insurance and content providers
Key players setting out respective visions
Incumbents keen to stay in the game
Tesla quick to capitalize on new technologies
Google re-imagining mobility
Key buyers can already be identified
Road freight transportation as an initial market
Private owners to retain manual option
Fleets of fully autonomous cars for transport and delivery
Paradise envisioned by banks, technologists and advertisers
Creative destruction key to economic development
Cost savings, productivity growth and all round efficiency windfall
Liberating transportation for all people
Safety to increase under robot control
New job types will form in fresh industries and expand existing enterprises
Only limitations are technology and regulation
Risk of dystopian catastrophe, say naysayers
Privacy and security under threat
Product hierarchy a danger to safety
Technological meltdown seen as inevitable by some potential consumers
High costs of job destruction
Robot cars coming sooner than you think
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