There is a great deal of brouhaha about driverless cars but the great and the good such as musk have missed one vital piece of equipment to make these cars 100% safe;
in reality if all vehicles had transponders fitted this would greatly accelerate the up take of driverless cars
take the recent crash and fatality in the tesla on autopilot
had the other vehicle been broadcasting its position and stationary status, blocking the carriageway. the oncoming tesla would have picked this up and come to a halt.. lasers, cameras and radars are just not enough
I intimated this to someone in the London cycling community some years back…
cycles carrying transponders would more easily be detected by other vehicles carrying the necessary equipment and a collision avoided
the local data from the satnav system could also be shared between vehicles this way every vehicle in the locality would know what the other intends and they could plan between themselves the best route and how to avoid collisions.. we would be way ahead of today where we try to decipher the intentions of others from rudimentary indicator lights
there has also been blog talk about driverless cars being part of a bigger agenda of keeping track and control of individuals, big brother watching you… it need not be this was all transponders should be generic equipment carrying some kind of generic token which just broadcasts basic information. eg: vehicle type, axles and max weight
if entities want to monitor fleets than they could have their own tokens but for the private individual very little information needs to be broadcast there is no need either for a big brother computer to run the roads.
computers are small and powerful enough to run a car without outside input, the vehicle will just handle its own environment on a tactical basis just like humans do today
a waze type central computer could be useful in terms of broadcasting traffic information which the vehicle could use to plan its journey.
Any broadcast information could be limited to only very specific data hence preventing hackers from causing chaos.
By limiting the range of broadcast of each individual vehicle hackers would be prevented from gaining control of a large number of vehicles at one time.
Maybe Tesla would not want this diffuse type of system. As others have said the driverless car may be part of the elites agenda; having total control of citizens similar to the upcoming cashless society.