Truth Recalls abound in the Race to Driverless

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature:

I am becoming a bit alarmed by how fast all these automakers, tech companies and government regulators are racing towards driverless. One of the reasons has to do with the fact that current cars seem to have so many recalls for various moving parts. Here is an example of what I have tracked in just the past week with regards to recalls or other auto safety issues.

·    Takata May Need to Recall Millions of Vehicles It Already Recalled

·    Sunroofs shattering without warning is not as rare as you might think

·    Chevy Silverado owners complain of shaking at highway speed

·    1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment

·    Daimler Recalls 3 Million Cars in Latest Blow to Diesel

·    Ford expands recall of 2015-2017 Ford F-Series pickups over door latch issue

·    GM cleared in first case over updated ignition switch

·    2013-2016 Honda Accord recalled to fix battery glitch

If automakers can’t design, engineer and manufacture cars in the present without recalling our cars for large and small reasons, how can the normal man or woman trust a car that may not even have a steering wheel and one that we probably can’t even afford to own?

Does carriding then just become like public transportation and we just have to accept the condition the car is in when we ride? Who will protect us in the marketplace if all anyone can talk about are the companies that create these products?

The feds seem to be in cahoots with automakers and tech. Who will stick up for us—the supposedly inevitable driverless car consumer?

I am not a simpleton by any means but if cars are being recalled by the millions just for moving parts, what’s going to happen when artificial intelligence (AI) comes on board with LIDAR eyes and communications capability that involve not just vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) but vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) two-way conversations?

The more complex these driverless vehicles become, the more need perhaps to recall. I do not see the recall problem going away since it seems to be accelerating at a race horse pace.

Another issue that has been bothering me since the driverless ridesharing train starting rolling has been encapsulated in a recent Bloomberg article Self-Driving Taxis have a vomit problem.

Indeed they do. You know what I am talking about. This scenario seems so real to me—in 20 years perhaps you no longer own a car but belong to a rideshare service and every time you get in the car, it’s a mess because the car is run 24/7/365.

Car rental companies who have experience in fleet management are now becoming partners with driverless car manufacturer hopefuls and indeed they might be able to figure out how to keep these robotaxis clean. But if you are like me, you will always get the short end of the stick and be the one to ride in that driverless car right before the car goes in for its daily maintenance stop.

Most media accounts wax and wane about how lucrative the car of the future will be for automakers, carshare services, marketers, rental companies, rideshare services, and tech companies. But what about you and I? We count. We certainly will have to pay for the privilege of riding driverless.

Just like with my current vehicle, if I am paying for it, I want to make sure that I am paying for something that is up to code and has no vomit smell.


      * * *

The NMA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting your interests as a motorist and citizen through the multi-faceted approach of research, education, and litigation.  The Foundation is able to offer this assistance through tax-deductible contributions. 

      * * * 

If you are interested in learning more about the Car of the Future check out the following NMA resources:

NMA Driving News Feed—Over 50 Car of the Future stories are placed each month in the NMA Driving News—the go-to source for all your driving news information from around the country.

NMA’s Flipboard Magazine called Car of the Future—Over 50 stories are placed each month in this magazine devoted to the Car of the Future.  Stories featured include future car politics, industry news and thought pieces.

Pinterest Boards

Follow the National Motorists Association on Pinterest Here OR

Follow individual Boards that have a specialized focus on the Car of the Future:

Car of the Future

Car sharing/Ride sharing Watch

Concept Cars

Connected Cars, Connected Cities

Driverless Cars

Electric Cars (EVs)

Flying Cars

Future of the Motorcycle

Hybrid Cars

Hydrogen Cars

Solar-Powered Cars

If you have an interesting story about the Car of the Future, please feel free to send us a link to the NMA Email address

Thank you for your support!

Not an NMA Member yet?

Join today and get these great benefits!

Leave a Comment