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Motoring: 'Advanced' Electronics

Pursuits | By Alan Judd | August Issue


'the industry will have to reconfigure itself to insure not the driver but – who? The computer supplier? The software provider? The owners of the operating system? '

According to US energy futurist Tony Seba, by 2025 we’ll travel in autonomous electric cars which we won’t own, but will summon when needed. They’ll be ten times cheaper to run and should last a million miles – the Tesla S has only 18 moving parts, compared with 1,800-2,000 in today’s cars. Accidents will be as rare as garages; oil companies will be radically different or dead.  Amanda Blanc, CEO of insurance company Axa UK, claims that today’s babies may never take a driving test. She says they’ll be ‘driving’ computers on wheels, and the industry will have to reconfigure itself to insure not the driver but – who? The computer supplier? The software provider? The owners of the operating system?  Already, battery costs are down by 65% since 2010, with a standard range of 80-100 miles, and there are 4,100 public charging points (just under half the number of...

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