Time to Regulate the Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Share October 11, 2018 October 11, 2018 Shaker Cherukuri By: Shaker Cherukuri Autonomous, Regulatory Issues, US Autonomous Cars, Ride Share, Smart Infrastructure No Comments It is time to regulate the autonomous vehicle and autonomous ride share services space. Similar to the regulations we have in the healthcare space via FDA. Perhaps even more critical here since the repercussions are lot more severe. In the medical field, the failure of a product or service only impact the patients receiving that product or service (NCDs). Here, an autonomous vehicle has the potential to cause havoc way beyond just the person(s) receiving the service at the time of service delivery. What business do non automotive manufacturers have selling an autonomous vehicle or a service? They are basically modifying a vehicle with their own technology and are selling a service using a product that has been tampered with. Who is regulating this? Automotive manufacturers have decades of experience in bringing fail safe systems to market. The app makers don’t. It is simply impossible to develop fault tolerant mission critical systems in overnight hackathons. It is a iterative process. Takes time to evolve. So for starters, why not mandate that technology providers have to work with OEMs and only an OEM can sell an autonomous vehicle. A service provider can buy the certified vehicle from the OEM to sell a service. This way the OEM is responsible;y for the system, and there is no finger pointing when there is an incident. This will make the entire autonomous ecosystem a lot safer. The autonomous ecosystem includes smart infrastructure as well. This needs to be developed in parallel. Obviously the tech providers have to work with the public sector on developing the smart infrastructure. The autonomous vehicles will be crucial part of the autonomous smart infrastructure. It is imperative that its evolution be managed in controlled manner by working with the OEMs similar to what we do with infrastructure via the public sector. The only way it will happen is via regulation. Need someone in US Congress (House or Senate) to sponsor the bill. We know it won’t be anyone from California for sure.