Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Driving

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We’ve heard and seen how the Google car is in many ways the ideal defensive driver. We know that automakers like Volvo are using artificial intelligence to enhance the safety of a vehicle on the road by centering the car in the lane and making other subtle adjustments to the car’s performance. Many cars even parallel park themselves.

But, what about the drivers? This is all great if you don’t enjoy driving or perhaps aren’t very good at it. But what about the control, the unpredictability of the road and how to best respond? What if you want to take the apex and drift?

There are certainly benefits to artificial intelligence in our cars, but at what cost? Consider the Porsche 911 and the skill that is required to really drive that machine the way it’s meant to be driven. It requires constant attention, skill, and good instincts to handle that heavy backend the way you need to for optimal performance. Once you master that, it’s freeing, invigorating, and it gets your heart pumping.

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If you’re like me, you turn off your traction control on wet roads every now and again. You like to feel the suspension in all its glory. You like to test the limits of your auto.

On the other side, you’re a minivan parent who likes to take it slow. You hate parallel parking and the paper airplanes flying around obstruct your blind spot even more. Is artificial intelligence the answer for you? Possibly… The future of artificial intelligence will have a set of advantages and disadvantages. The programmed defensive driving is great in many aspects but what if a subtle corrective action could save you from an accident? Will limiting the human interaction enhance the performance of the vehicle? Some features have proven success, such as the blind spot detection available in a variety of makes and models. This method of alerting the driver may be more practical at this time as opposed to automatically making the correction.

What do you think? What features would make the driving experience more natural, safe and convenient? What features should be adjustable so when you want to take 100% control you can? How could those features be managed? Share your thoughts below.

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Ananda Arasu is a Product Marketing Manager at Autodesk with focus on Automotive products and solutions. Ananda has a background in applications engineering, product management and product marketing. He has been with Autodesk for over 4 years in a product marketing capacity, with a focus on automotive solutions.His aim is to understand automotive customer needs and communicate the ways in which Autodesk’s products can best meet those needs.
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