Last week we described some of the formidable technical challenges facing driverless cars.
At the end of 2020, Uber sold off its plans for self-driving taxis for about $4 billion, roughly half what it was valued in 2019. That suggests we might be close to The Peak of Inflated Expectations on the Gartner Hype Cycle.
As with so many other innovations, attention focuses on technology rather than people. However you can’t solve one without the other.
A completely automated transport solution might work, but for the foreseeable future, humans will be part of the mix. There will still be humans operating other cars, trucks and busses.
And while humans staring at smartphones might appear automated, pedestrians and cyclists will be around for as…