Auto Future

This week has been an interesting one in the auto manufacturing world. First we had General Motor’s announcement that driverless cars will be on the roads within the decade. Then, yesterday Tata Motors of India unveiled the world’s cheapest car, the Nano, which will go on sale in India later this year for 100,000 rupees (that’s around $2,500). Apparently GM plans to test its driverless car technology by 2015 and have cars in production by 2018. Imagine being able to switch to driverless mode on highways and instead send that email? GM claims the technology could improve congestion and safety, as well as addressing energy and emissions. Tata’s Nano is more of a no-frills concept, with no trunk, airbag or passenger-side mirror. The cheapest versions of the vehicle will forego air-conditioning and power steering. Such technological developments could transform our driving future, but obviously they raise issues related to regulations, liability laws, privacy, the environment and insurance. What do you think?  

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  1. The driverless car could be pretty exciting – although I suspect GM might be a little too optimistic with the timeline.

    And as for the Nano, I’d be amazed if it ever made the jump to America without safety feature improvements – which, obviously, would make it more expensive.

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