Luxury Coach & Transportation

August 2018

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36 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION AUGUST 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LCT TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT: DRIVERLESS VEHICLES One benefit of the move to autono- mous vehicles is the emphasis on safety through driver assistance and convenience features such as adap- tive cruise control. Chauffeured trans- portation is the safest form of ground transportation, and many fleet vehi- cles already contain safety amenities that will improve as tech- nology evolves, Jones said. "is is something you guys can do as well, as you look to increase the safety features in your vehicles." As to TNCs, "What are Lyft and Uber doing that you can implement yourselves?" Jones asked. "What are they doing well that you can take on? And fast-forward a few years; you could become a taxi fleet yourself." Jones suggested op- erators visit autonomous driving training grounds to learn more about the technology and how to adapt to it. "en find a way to dif- ferentiate in the on-demand new eco- need to work out the economics of a supply-and-demand scenario with fewer vehicles overall, but with much higher turnover rates. How Should Operators Prepare? As the automotive industry heads to- ward autonomy, along the way new technologies being developed will en- hance the overall passenger experience. their customer information and travel data. "What would happen to the data that's been collected, and who owns that data, where it would be stored?" Jones asked. "It's a mas- sive topic." Legislators and regula- tors will need to understand and de- cide how to store and protect data. "It'll probably go up into the cloud or into a server and be stored over there. So if you have Waymo and Google getting into this, why are they doing it? ey want to sell ad- vertising. I mean that's their business model. So you've got to think about the intentions of the companies who are involved." • Vehicle Turnover: If a typical human driven car is built to last 10-15 years with 150,000 miles because it's used only 3% of the time, what about 24/7 driver- less cars that could rack up that much mileage in three years? Cities and auto manufacturers would To support driverless vehicles, cities will need to define, install, and manage a new transportation "ecosystem" beyond the infrastructure we see today, Jones told attendees at the Summit. That could take more than just a few years.

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