Your car’s interior is going away…
Growing up in the golden age of automobiles, we’ve all been accustomed to big, complex dashboards.
After all, there are so many options for a driver to control in today’s cars that complicated controls and diverse options are required (and very profitable for the automakers).
But with a driverless car, the driver doesn’t need so many knobs, dials, buttons, and displays.
His argument for dashboard-disappearance also depends on the continuing trend toward use of the mobile phone as the control panel and brains for your future self-driving car: Combine the small, portable form factor of your phone with “virtual infrastructure” of road-based software and sensors to further reduce the need for most in-car controls and voila – the interior of your smart car can be a lot smarter and roomier.
In this vision the inside of your autonomous car looks more like a living room than a cockpit bristling with instrumentation.
“The full-auto robocar becomes more like a living space than a car. More like your TV room or your office. It is those places where we might seek clues as to the interior of the [future] car.”
Another result of this simplification of the car interior? Reduced cost.
The very title of the post admits the hype behind its logic: “Robocars Are at Peak Hype”. But read the full article here so you can judge for yourself.