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New Megatrends magazine available, feat. Gill Pratt and David Strickland exclusives

“Eventually, an autonomous car will drive better than people in most circumstances,” says Dr Gill Pratt, Chief Executive of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), in an exclusive interview in the latest issue of Megatrends magazine. “The primary focus for TRI is to accelerate the development of technology that can operate a car more effectively than a … Continued

“Eventually, an autonomous car will drive better than people in most circumstances,” says Dr Gill Pratt, Chief Executive of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), in an exclusive interview in the latest issue of Megatrends magazine.

“The primary focus for TRI is to accelerate the development of technology that can operate a car more effectively than a human driver,” says Pratt, who heads up Toyota’s billion-dollar AI and robotics operation.

In an interview about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the automotive industry, Pratt tells Megatrends not only why it is important for the development of semi and fully autonomous drive technology, but also how robotics and AI are likely to become commonplace many other aspects of life in the future.

Automotive Megatrends Magazine | Q3 2016 is now available to download for free from http://automotivemegatrends.com/automotive-megatrends-magazine-q3-2016/

The latest issue of the free quarterly future-looking e-magazine has a heavy focus on autonomous driving, and also features an exclusive interview with David Strickland, the former NHTSA Administrator who now heads up the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. Strickland insists that “it shouldn’t be the Wild Wild West out there. There should be some notion of uniformity to make sure that everybody, once the rules are established – has an even playing field on which to deploy and compete.” Strickland also offers further insights into the feasibility of accessing autonomous cars through the means of ride-sharing and private vehicles. He believes that in the long-term, automation will be available through a number of applications, suggesting that “technology really is the answer to reducing human error behind the wheel.”

It’s not all about AI and autonomous driving, however – Megan Lampinen looks at the future of automotive insurance in a world of semi- and fully-autonomous cars, Xavier Boucherat talks to the manufacturing sector about Industry 4.0 and the rise of collaborative robots, and Michael Nash examines the role of the car play in the smart city of tomorrow.

Automotive Megatrends Magazine is a free quarterly publication focused on the key megatrends shaping the automotive industry of the future. Each issue of Megatrends contains features, opinion and interviews with top names from the car and truck industries – and beyond.

Articles in this issue:

  • Artificial intelligence, real opportunities: exclusive interview with Toyota’s Gill Pratt
  • David Strickland on the urgent need for self-driving cars
  • Product and brand under threat in the auto industry of the future
  • A platform strategy for the connected car
  • Defining moment as regulators question ‘driver’ of self-driving car
  • New megacities inspire smart mobility solutions
  • In the factory of the future, your colleague will be a robot
  • Premium concern: insuring the success of the autonomous car
  • Is the auto industry ready for the Outcome Economy
  • The game is on: automotive product development in a new virtual world
  • Connectivity is transforming Indian logistics (but there’s plenty of room for growth)
  • Planet M – Michigan’s bid for mobility leadership
  • Under the influence: future mobility, shaped by global megatrends
  • The hunt is on for elusive new powertrain technology

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