In 2018, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) introduced the MIT Task Force on The Work of Future. The main focus of the Task Force is to study the transmission of human work because of the emerging technologies and the skills required by humans to achieve the goal of the fully digital economy all over the world.
MIT’s faculty and student research team recently published a report mentioning the fact that fully automated driving systems (Cars, trucks, and buses) will take more than ten years to come into effect. According to the report’s latest brief, the growth of automatic vehicles intended to be slow and will occur region by region in specific categories of transportation, resulting in an alteration of availability over the world.
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Visions of automation in mobility are still a matter of question and will not be readily accepted by people who are dubious of the possibility of self-driving technology. Many challenges may become the hurdle in the path of fully driverless vehicles. The cost can be one of the barriers, as suggested by coauthors John Leonard, MIT professor of mechanical and ocean engineering, and Erik Stayton, MIT doctoral candidate. For instance, Starsky — a self-driving vehicle company — shut down its operations, and Zoox shed its workforce during COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we are yet to develop technology that can bring cognitive in AI-based systems that can allow self-driving companies to deliver fully autonomous vehicles.
Although the report by MIT says that the Level 5 autonomy is at least ten years away, Elon Musk, earlier this month in a Chinese AI conference, said that Tesla could accomplish complete autonomy by the end of 2020. “I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level five autonomy complete this year. I think there are no fundamental challenges remaining for level five autonomy,” said Musk.
Nevertheless, MIT’s report also mentioned that investing in the local and national infrastructure and private-public partnerships will encourage the unification of automatic vehicles and strengthen the growth in urban areas.
Read the full report here.