How close are we to living in an autonomous world?
One of the top technological advancements in this decade for me is getting closer and closer to the autonomous future we’ve seen in movies for decades. The autonomous mobility technology, Internet of Things, and other connectivity solutions continue to improve exponentially, with a strong hope of improving transport safety, reducing fuel consumption, and most importantly, equal access to everyone.
A snapshot of the many benefits of an autonomous world as per USDOT data shows the immense potential this advancement can bring us:
- 90% reduction in traffic-related accident deaths
- 60% drop in harmful emissions
- 10% improvement in fuel economy.
- 500% increase in lane capacity
- 40% reduction in travel time.
Another current example of time efficiency is autonomous systems in New Zealand, where robotic harvesters gather all the apples without any human assistance and support, reducing the time needed by 40%.
What building blocks are needed to make this a reality?
To have an autonomous world, we need building blocks, a framework that helps break down the ‘complex’ technological aspects and systems into smaller chunks. Each building block needs to be considered and ensure that the autonomy and AI are built correctly and appropriately. There are nine building blocks for every autonomous system, each one being split into three elements.
- Core elements of AI are data, algorithms, platform, and integration. These help create AI while allowing the system to have its autonomy.
- Then we have the critical success factors like an advantage, consent, and confidence. While they are not a part of the system, they are pivotal for the proper deployment and development of the autonomous system.
- Lastly, we have the cross-cutting enables, the enterprise, and expertise. They are very important when it comes to delivering autonomous systems at a sustainable, large scale.
What are the key enablers of being truly autonomous?
The parallel growth of multiple technology domains is needed to set the stage for being truly autonomous. This includes connectivity, mobility, and the public sector as the most critical ones for developing a sustainable ecosystem. Tech advancements from car manufacturers, aviation companies, and chip manufacturers continue to stand out and make a huge difference.
Like many other life-changing tech advancements we have witnessed, it will be fulfilling to see how all these ideas come together, and the results they bring to the table are nothing short of staggering. We are closer than ever to a fully autonomous world, and while there are still many things to optimize, we are definitely on the right path towards a successful, autonomous future in less than a decade from now. Are you ready for it?
Sameer Thakkar is a future tech enthusiast, resolute marketer, and passionate storyteller. Having worked with large international brands and ambitious start-ups in global markets, he looks at opportunities to combine creative ideas and technology to create better efficiencies for the world. Connect with Sameer on Linkedin