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How Will Car Maintenance Evolve In the Autonomous Vehicles Era?

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Imagine the day when your car not only diagnoses its own maintenance needs, but schedules its own appointment and then drives itself to the shop, leaving you with plenty of free time to do as you please.

This scenario is a distinct possibility in the autonomous vehicles (AV) era. Artificial intelligence (AI) will be used to create AVs, and also to enable them to self-diagnose.

In addition to the regular maintenance required in a traditional vehicle, there’s an abundance of equipment involved in building and operating AVs, which will also require upkeep. Waymo, the Google self-driving car, features radar that enables cruise control, ultrasound used for assisted parking, cameras for lane-keeping and back-up assistance, GPS systems to determine a car’s position, and sensors that help with navigation when satellite signals are blocked. And then there’s Waymo’s Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology, which gives the driver a 360 degree view. The sensors and chips for this car are outrageously expensive, and repairs will cost you.

Tesla, another contender in the race to create fully self-driving cars, is considering bundling the cost of maintenance and insurance with its AV sales, so you won’t necessarily feel it up front, and you won’t have to suddenly come up with the cash at the time maintenance is required.

That’s if you’re even in the market for your own AV.

How AV Rides Will Save

Don’t give up on AVs just yet. Although unexpected car repairs are the most frequent financial upset to family budgets, the future of transportation lies in shared, electric AVs, which will save riders the hassle and cost of vehicle maintenance. According to a May 2017 RethinkX report, the use of fleet-operated autonomous vehicles will help the average family save $5,600 per year on transportation.

[Editor Note: There’s a graphic available at Sightline.org showing that major car repairs were the biggest shock to families in 2015.]  

In urban areas at least, car ownership will lie with fleet operators rather than individuals. You’ll call for an AV – likely via a smartphone app – it will arrive at your location, you’ll get in and enter your destination, and you’ll head for the highway, simple as that. Not only will riders never have to think about maintenance, but they’ll never have to worry about refueling, paying parking tickets or parking fees, cleaning, or buying car insurance.

Additionally, riders won’t need to worry about the cost of a car accident, should one occur. AV manufacturers like Volvo, Google and Mercedes Benz have already pledged to accept responsibility if their product causes an accident.

AI Beyond AV

Transportation is just one industry being impacted by AI technology. Read more about how this technology will permeate various industries in the very near future, providing improved efficiencies and costs.

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Resources

Amblard, Marc. (25 Jan 2018). Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions. ReadWrite.

Kucharczyk, Sasha. (18 Apr 2017). How will maintenance change with the autonomous vehicle? Readwrite

Malarkey, Daniel. (16 Jan 2018). Part1: Your Car of the Future Is No Car At All. Sightline Institute.

Rosenberg, David J. and Pasciullo, Nicholas A. (29 Aug 2017). Autonomous Vehicles Predicted to Change Car Ownerships, Insurance Industry. The Legal Intelligencer.

Technology and Costs. Google’s Autonomous Vehicle.

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Is Your Industry Ripe for Artificial Intelligence Disruption?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to make an indelible mark on how business is done in a variety of fields. The AI industry will have tremendous impact on the way people and programs work together effectively. Here are the industries that are primed to see the most tremendous improvements in efficiency and cost savings this year.

Healthcare

AI is now contributing to the practicality of disease management and empowering people to make better lifestyle choices. It’s also creating a better pathway between patients and their healthcare providers. Plus, in a world that’s increasingly vulnerable to cyber security threats, AI can play a vital role in safeguarding the industry overall. It’s not an overstatement to say that the AI industry is crucial for healthcare.

For medical practitioners and providers, AI has led to a breakthrough in emerging drug discovery platforms. Additionally, many treatment centers are using AI-based diagnostics as a first-tier of clinical diagnostics, leveraging AI for enabling personalized medicine.

According to Mark Michalski, executive director of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Center for Clinical Data Science, by the end of 2018, half of the leading healthcare systems could adopt some form of AI within their diagnostic groups. It’s anticipated that 2018 will be “the year AI becomes real for medicine.” (Michalski, Dec 2017).

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There seems to be a new headline about self-driving vehicles permeating every news cycle as of late. Not only is AI “driving” driver-less cars, it can help build smart cars less expensively, ones that are capable of detecting and self-navigating various people, places, and things while in operation. The AI industry and the autonomous vehicles industry really go hand-in-hand.

The most prevalent of AI applications in the auto world is machine learning, which does much of what it sounds. Machines use data to teach themselves how to make real-time decisions in split seconds, similar to how humans learn and improve over time. Thus far, machine learning has been highly useful in developing advanced driving assistance systems. Outside of the vehicles themselves, machine learning has brought huge improvements to the sales and after service functions of the automobile life cycle.

Real Estate

The real estate industry hasn’t had a major breakthrough in decades, making it ripe for disruption. As Value Walk points out, AI has the ability to “reduce operational costs, improve customer service, improve efficiency, and reduce resource wastage” within real estate. AI bots in particular are revolutionizing other industries, and could be one of the first dominant AI technologies that both agencies and property owners adopt. Largely due to their relative ease of integration as compared to other facets of AI, AI bots are able to field queries about leasing, footage, and other common prospective buyer questions that come up during virtual tours.

While the disruption has already begun, Inc. predicts the largest single change that will come to real estate will be AI replacing a realtor for some people.

Bottom Line

The AI industry is expected to expand exponentially in the coming year, completely transforming these and other industries. Programmers, engineers, and technologists need to understand and implement globally accepted ethical considerations at the heart of AI as it continues its fundamental shift in the way business is done. Potential impediments to successfully using this technology, however, includes the practical applications of AI, as well as ethics in design.

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