Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are quickly moving from hype to reality. According to Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research’s recent report documenting plans from 11 of the biggest carmakers, several should be available from as early as next year, including from Honda, Toyota, and Renault-Nissan.
However, it is clear that deployment of AVs for mass volume production requires “more” than what is required by “traditional” cars. AVs need to actively interact with the driver, with other vehicles, with the infrastructure, and require significantly more validation. This cannot be accomplished solely by one player but requires cooperation among various heterogeneous players in the AV ecosystem. Recent technology collaborations, such as 3M’s next-generation digitally enabled Smart Code sign technology and Nvidia’s Drive Constellation simulation platform, have shown the importance of ecosystems in bringing self-driving cars to reality.