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Why Autonomous Vehicles Are All About Trust – Part 2

Is “trust” really why we can’t make a fast jump to fully-autonomous cars? Should car companies rush into the world of self-driving cars or is it best to go slow on developing and introducing these automated vehicles on our roads? “A sudden changeover from human-driven to autonomous vehicles is simply not realistic no matter what Google and Tesla would like people to believe,” says Navigant Research’s senior research analyst Sam Abuelsamid (@samabuelsamid). This is especially true for carmakers just given the sheer number of past and even recent recall scandals. “The most important thing for companies to do is to avoid rushing the technology into applications where it isn’t ready,” he warns.

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Why Autonomous Vehicles Are All About Trust – Part 1

One thing the unfortunate Volkswagen diesel scandal did was put ever more consumer distrust in car companies and auto software at a time when trust in upcoming partially- and fully-autonomous vehicles will be paramount. Can we really trust self-driving cars? “Trust is essential to making autonomous cars a reality,” says Navigant Research’s senior research analyst Sam Abuelsamid (@samabuelsamid), who has been researching and writing constantly the past couple years on the intersections of vehicle autonomy and cybersecurity. He says consumers are going to expect a lot before they trust cars that drive them around without any pedals or steering wheels, such as Google’s built-autonomous-from-the-ground-up little car. “Automakers need to thoroughly test all of these technologies and make them as robust as possible before any initial deployments,” he says.

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Challenges Loom for Connected Cars – But None Are Insurmountable

What could slow down the rise of connected cars?  It’s not just the pace of technological innovation.  Lawmakers, dealers, consumers, developers – all will play major roles in the mass adoption of new technologies and rise of a truly smart IoT (Internet of Things).  So what are the 10 greatest hurdles to mass adoption of V2V?  Take a look at what Forbes has to say.

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Has Odometer Fraud Seen Its Last Days?

Did you know odometer fraud is still rampant in used car sales and a new federal law not only combats this, but has opened the final frontier for states to take vehicle purchasing and registration digital? It’s true. The recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (otherwise known as the FAST Act) includes a provision to replace paper-and-ink signatures for odometer readings with electronic ones. But don’t get excited just yet. This law, which was signed by President Obama in December 2015, only gives states the green light to drive their own electronic odometer (or eOdometer) disclosure programs.

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FAST Act Lets States Accept e-Signatures on Cars

A provision included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the five-year highway and transportation bill recently passed in Congress, will give states the ability to start accepting electronic signatures for car purchases. The provision effectively makes an end run around rules that were supposed to be authored 18 months ago, but have gone nowhere. The provision will allow state Departments of Transportation to move forward with programs that would implement “electronic odometer disclosures, notices, and related materials,” which is a stuffy way of saying all of the things you do when you buy and register a new car can now be done online. According to John Brueggeman, a former state senator from Montana and executive vice president of the California-based Motor Vehicle Software Corporation (MVSC), dealers are willing to put the software in place, but haven’t been able to get around reporting requirements already on the books. Existing federal law requires odometer disclosures to be hand-written, slowing the efficiency of all vehicle-related transactions, including sales and registration.

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States Now Have Power to Allow e-Signatures on Odometer Disclosures

Dealerships could be inching closer to all electronic documents, thanks to a bill signed into federal law this month. President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, into law Dec. 4. Before the bill, the federal government required wet signatures on odometer disclosures. Now, states can decide whether or not to allow electronic signatures on odometer forms, which could speed up the F&I process and reduce errors and fraud.

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