AV (Atonmomus Vehicles) - Spoiler Alert: There are no AV for sale!
AV (Autonomus Vehicles) are also known as self-driving.
There are six levels (0-5) of car autonomy from “no automation” to “full automation.”
Most of us are driving Level 0, no automation, or Level 1, driver assistance AV. A few like Tesla that are ranked at Level 2, partial Assistance. Fewer like the Audi A8 are ranked at Level 3, conditional assistance. The prophecy is some Level 4 AV are being tested on public roads. There are a few full AV Level 5 concept AV being tested.
Technology leaps are needed before AV can interact with humans and handle novel situations gracefully.
There are other challenges. AI (Artificial Intelligence) used in AV comes with some drawbacks. AI struggles when it deals with something it hasn’t learned. It is hard to deal the with the unpredictable, stupid, and crazy things human drivers and pedestrians do. When a AV makes an ill-advised decision, it’s extremely difficult to debug the vehicles. Unlike an airplane black box.
AV will need fifth generation wireless, 5G, widely deployed before they are self-diving. There are major 5G problems to be solved before AV can be truly be AV. Consumer 5G smartphones will have similar problems. See 5G and Atonomous Vehicles