Let's face it, an autonomous vehicle would have to be an AI device.Seen any AI devices lately? And,... were you impressed? You don't hear the word 'AI' much these days. After decades of promises and verylittle progress outside some niche areas who dare to come out say he's in the AI field?
I saw a 'robot' this afternoon at a maker faire. Ridiculous. Driving a car through mixed traffic in a dynamic environment with pedestrians, children and old folks, unpredictable or incapacitated. It's impossible to do right with today's state of AI.
And if you *can* get it right then comes the problem of morality. What if the car's computer has to make a moral decision? What will you program it to do?
The autonomous car needs Asimov's three laws of robotics, but obviously it's too damn stupid to understand them.
My $50K state of the art plugin hybrid doesn't even understand someone would want to close the windows after shutting off the engine.