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Autonomous Software Layer for Vehicles through 3rd Party Integrators / Vendors

It seems that car manufacturers, among others, are building autonomous hardware (i.e. vehicle and other sensors) as well as the software to govern their usage.  Few companies are separating the hardware and software layers to explicitly carve out the autonomous software, for example.

Yes, there are benefits to tightly couple the autonomous hardware and software:

1. Proprietary implementations and intellectual property – Implementing autonomous vehicles within a single corporate entity may ‘fast track’ patents, and mitigate NDA challenges / risks

2. Synergies with two (or more) teams working in unison to implement functional goals.  However, this may also be accomplished through two organizations with tightly coupled teams.   Engaged, strong team leadership to help eliminate corp to corp BLOCKERS, must be in place to ensure deliverables.

There are also advantages with two separate organizations, one the software layer, and the other, the vehicle hardware implementation, i.e. sensors

1. Implementation of Autonomous Vehicle Hardware from AI Software enables multiple, strong alternate corporate perspectives These perspectives allow for a stronger, yet balanced approach to implementation.

2.  The AI Software for Autonomous vehicles, if contractually allowed, may work with multiple brand vehicles, implementing similar capabilities.  Vehicles now have capabilities / innovations shared across the car industry.  The AI Software may even become a standard in implementing Autonomous vehicles across the industry.

3. Working with multiple hardware / vehicle manufactures may allow the enablement of Software APIs, layer of implementation abstraction.  These APIs may enable similar approaches to implementation, and reduce redundancy and work can be used as ‘the gold standard’ in the industry.

4. We see commercial adoption of autonomous vehicle features such as “Auto Lane Change”, and “Automatic Emergency Braking.” so it makes sense to adopt standards through 3rd Party AI software Integrators / Vendors

5. Incorporating Checks and Balances to instill quality into the product and the process that governs it.

In summation, Car parts are typically not built in one geographic location, but through a global collaboration.  Autonomous software for vehicles should be externalized in order to overcome unbiased safety and security requirements.  A standards organization “with teeth” could orchestrate input from the industry, and collectively devise “best practices” for autonomous vehicles.

Kosher ‘Like’ Certifications and Oversight of Autonomous Vehicle Implementations

Do AI Rules Engines “deliberate” any differently between rules with moral weight over none at all. Rhetorical..?

The ethics that will explicitly and implicitly be built into implementations of autonomous vehicles involves a full stack of technology, and “business” input. In addition, implementations may vary between manufacturers and countries.

In the world of Kosher Certification, there are several authorities that provide oversight into the process of food preparation and delivery. These authorities have their own seal of approval. In lieu of Kosher authorities, who will be playing the morality, seal of approval, role?  Vehicle Insurance companies?  Car insurance will be rewritten when it comes to autonomous cars.  Some cars may have a  higher deductible or the cost of the policy may rise based upon the autonomous implementation.

Conditions Under Consideration:

1. If the autonomous vehicle is in a position of saving a single life in the vehicle, and killing one or more people outside the vehicle, what will the autonomous vehicle do?

1.1 What happens if the passenger in the autonomous vehicle is a child/minor. Does the rule execution change?

1.2 what if the outside party is a procession, a condensed population of people. Will the decision change?

The more sensors, the more input to the decision process.

Allow Customers to Buy Gasoline as Units at Current Price on Loyalty Debit Card

Electric and Gasoline Renaissance Overdue

A legitimate reason IS NEEDED why in this day and age of commodities trading, storage, pipelines, trains, tankers, and trucks, why if I can buy stocks at current market value, or go on Ebay and buy 50 yards of antique bobbed wire at an auction, why can’t I go to a gas station and buy 50 UNITS of gas at the current price of gas that day?  Upon return to the same brand gas stationI should be able to use my same loyalty debit card, and subtracts units of gas from the card, instead of the current price of gas that day. 

Similar logic can be applied to Electric, and EVs but with a twist, incorporating the use of your home “energy provider”, and when charging  ‘on the go’, only pay local “line usage/distribution” fees.

EV Charging Stations
EV Charging Stations

Electric and Gas – Problems Persist at Home

Same problems at home?  Electric and Gas prices fluctuate as well as your use within your home.  My electric provider, Jersey Central Power & Light  (JCP&E) recognize energy price fluctuations, as well as my usage.  In order to negate unpredictable pricing on a month to month basis, they provide the option of a ‘budget’ price, whereby every month I pay the same price even if the price for energy and usage fluctuate.   The company adjusts the budget price on an annual basis, or sooner if their is a major shift in prices or usage.   New Jersey Natural Gas also provide the same ‘budget’ option.  Why did I go through this lengthy explanation?   Home or away, If I need to recharge my Chevy Volt I should be able to chargeback the price of the electricity to my home electric provider at my monthly ‘budget’ price or subtract from the surplus of solar panel output net the line usage/distribution usage fees at the local electric distribution outlet.

Solar Panels on Roof
Solar Panels on Roof

Solar too?

If you own the solar panels on your roof, chances are you may pay Zero (0) per month for electric.  In fact, you may have a surplus which can be sold back to the grid, I’m guessing at the current market prices as well?  Would you agree to sell your excess solar energy back to the grid at a specific strike price, on any given day, and remain at that sale price the rest of the … year?