Motor Vehicles of the Future

Cars full of sensors collect our data. This short report compiles the unfolding questions for consumers.

From (advanced) driver assistance systems to the autopilot: Produced in cooperation with the consumer protection department of the chamber of labour, this short report focuses on issues from a consumer’s perspective – issues related to the automation and digitisation in the field of motor vehicles.

Cars full of sensor systems continuously collect data. Who owns this data? What could or should it be used for? What should be allowed regarding storage and processing of consumer data? Will mobility be completely transparent in the future? Who decides what kind of spare parts and equippment will be used?

Smart cars and other visions of future motor vehicles raise hope for a better future. Autonomous taxi fleets in cities or freight trucks on highways driving to their destination without human intervention. Experts agree that all this will be technical feasible within the next years. Still unclear is the practical implementation. Will the infrastructure be fit for this kind of traffic? How about the regulation?

This short report describes the current situation and offers different options for design and action and recommendations for policy.

Foto: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland/Wikimedia
Autonomous cars are still in the development stage. Are they foreshadowing an end to individual motor car traffic? (Photo: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland/Wikimedia)
Duration
03/2016 - 08/2016
Funding
Austrian Chamber of Labour