Elon Musk, the main man behind Tesla Motors, recently made an interesting comment: suggesting that all electric vehicles will benefit from the experience of individual vehicles. This would suggest a form of artificial intelligence could be adopted across the electric vehicle market in tandem with the recent introduction of autonomous vehicles. Those who follow the industry will know that last week, Tesla released a new software update for the Tesla Model S. While falling short of full autonomous driving it does offer the opportunity for the vehicle to effectively take control when moving lanes on the highway.
So, is this a form of artificial intelligence? Is it dangerous or is it simply progress?
Can we trust artificial intelligence?
Whether we like it or not, the subject of artificial intelligence will play a larger and larger role in our lives in the future. While perhaps not widely discussed, it is well-known that Google has invested billions of dollars into artificial intelligence in recent years. Indeed, the company is looking towards the introduction of autonomous electric vehicles and many were surprised that Tesla was able to jump the gun. So artificial intelligence is already here and while some have concerns about this “greater form of intelligence” in the future, it is not going away.
Can electric vehicles learn from each other?
Surely, if all vehicles could learn from a single electric vehicle experience, which could be replicated on a regular basis in the future, this must be positive? While the idea of full trust in artificial intelligence controlled vehicles is perhaps a little difficult for many people to contemplate, it is coming our way. The ability for an electric car of the future to “learn” from mistakes or specific situations and pass these on to other vehicles must have more positive than negative implications going forward.
The fact is that the actual structure and the materials used in a modern day electric vehicle have pretty much been pushed to their maximum efficiency and performance. The only major developments in years to come will revolve around the actual power, engines, and the “brain” of electric vehicles. We are likely to see significantly greater investment by electric car companies in varying forms of artificial intelligence and perhaps in 20 or 30 years we will take these for granted.
Are fully autonomous vehicles a step too far at the moment?
We recently covered the issue of autonomous vehicles amid suggestions that some people were concerned about the idea of a vehicle effectively driving itself. The simple fact is there will always be various safety elements incorporated into even the most complicated of autonomous driving systems. We are unlikely to ever be in a situation where the vehicle is in total control of itself without any input from human beings.
In some ways the introduction of artificial intelligence to your electric car driving experience in the future is very exciting; it could open many new avenues and has the potential to reduce the number of car accidents. How long it will take motorists to fully trust the autonomous driving systems of the future remains to be seen.