TORONTO — Mobility will improve when fully automated vehicles arrive, but they create new problems.
There will be more vehicles on the roads, they’ll be driving empty while looking for parking or passengers, and with computers that are safer drivers than humans, there will be reduced work opportunities for real, live people.
The Automated Vehicles 2017 conference considered the issues.
In the scale of autonomy, a Level 1 car would have cruise control and a Level 2 would have active cruise control and lane-departure assist. The highest level of all is 5, which would have no steering wheel and no driving input at all from the driver.
For Level 5 vehicles, “it’s not tomorrow, it’s not 2020, it’s going to be beyond that,” said Grant Courville, senior director of product management for BlackBerry’s QNX Software Systems.
“But when? I’m thinking 15 years . . . -ish.”