The development of autonomous driving technologies is intended to be life-changing in many ways, but one of the most significant, with the eventual potential to turn a whole human workforce into a bottleneck of supervisors, is the use of self-driving convoy lorries for freight transport.
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‘The fact is, one of the dirty little secrets [of self-driving cars] is that the software today is pretty city- or country-specific.’
That’s a figure with which to conjure, and which has got tech firms and especially app-designers rubbing their hands. It’s the amount of economic activity and new efficiencies that driverless cars will amount to by 2050, according to a new study from Intel and research firm Strategy Analytics.