The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles. The reasons there aren’t driverless cars all over the road today is in part a cost issue, but it is mainly one of driver mindset. Ford plans to change that.
Very interesting point that “inter-networking vehicles with one another and other transportation networks” in a way nulls and void the autonomy of autonomous cars, and that they will merely be automatic.
First, I’m not sure that we want full autonomy in our autonomus cars anyway. We simply want to get to where we want to go, and that is achieved through networked communication and intelligent path planning, not through autonomy.
But even more interesting, it seems that it is the driver who is more autonomous in the autonomous car. We will be freed of the time we spend guiding the wheel and the gas pedal!