Cars that drive themselves are slowly becoming a thing, and they are going to change the world in the decades to come. Now, the state of Arizona in the United States of America has no plans to be left behind, henceforth the creation of the Institute for Automated Mobility.
This institute is all about helping with the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles, and to make it more special, the state of Arizona has partnered with Intel to make things happen. Already, this group is working on regulatory and liability research.
Not only that, but the group is working hard on a 2.1-mile safety test track. This should come in handy when it’s time to test the reliability of self-driving cars.
“The Institute for Automated Mobility will bring together global industry leaders, a public sector team and the brightest minds in academia, focused on advancing all aspects of automated vehicle science, safety, and policy. Arizona is committed to providing the leadership and knowledge necessary to integrate these technologies into the world’s transportation systems,” according to Doug Ducey, Arizona governor.
The companies involved in this undertaking
Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.
We should point out that each founding member has a solid seat on the board of directors. What this means, is that each founding partner will have the power to govern and provide oversight on many issues.
Here are the things founding member brings to the table certain expertise, and at the moment, they are as follows:
The Arizona Commerce Authority will oversee the institute and direct its mission to shape the future of automated transportation science, safety, and policy.
Academic partners will conduct research and publish papers on important safety-related topics, including liability questions surrounding automated vehicles involved in accidents, compensation models and safety standards.
Intel will work with all partners offering Mobileye’s Responsibility Sensitive Safety (RSS) model as a starting point for building their solutions. RSS is already deployed by Baidu* in its Project Apollo and Apollo Pilot Programs for Automated Driving.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation will build a traffic incident management center to integrate law enforcement and first responders with automated technologies unlike any other location in the country.
In the future, vehicles that drive themselves will change the world, but we are yet to see if it’ll be for the better. It should since drivers wouldn’t be around the wheel as much, and that means fewer accidents.
Chances are, self-driving cars could solve our traffic problems around the world, an issue that is plaguing larger nations such as China. On the other hand, driving is a skill, and many of us enjoy it. However, with the rise of the autonomous vehicle, humans could lose this skill forever.