Manufacturers are advancing (Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, etc.), some equipment manufacturers are moving backwards (Google), others are stagnating (Apple) but Toyota is advancing. The Japanese firm has just concluded an agreement with Uber: the manufacturer will allocate half a billion dollars to the co-construction of an autonomous car that will be dedicated exclusively to the famous transporter.
This new announcement will hopefully produce more results than the previous one: in 2017, Uber had already concluded a similar agreement with Daimler, without any concrete progress having been made. The Daimler agreement is quite similar to that of Toyota. The fleet of autonomous vehicles may be shared with companies jointly approved by Toyota and Uber. Ford and Uber had also signed a joint development partnership for autonomous vehicles.
On the Tesla side, communication has been more discreet for several years. On October 19, 2016, the brand announced that as of this date, all its models “will carry the material and equipment necessary for complete autonomous driving”. The vehicles are therefore automatically equipped with eight cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the car. It remains to be seen whether the CPU, the “computer brain” of the car, designed several years ago, will still be capable, in five to seven years’ time, of processing the colossal volume of data that will be generated by the future on-board system for autonomous driving. The colossal volume of data generated by these new types of vehicles will radically transform the way they are exchanged, stored and protected. It will be necessary to determine who owns them, how they are used and how they can be protected. The road ahead is probably still much longer than expected.