The Jetson One is here! Kind of….for a down payment of $22,000 and then a final payment of $92,000, you can own this “future car” today. Or maybe when it comes in.
But hey – a 20-minute flight time and about 63 mph and you could fly this…nowhere. But, it’s safe!
Jetson says so right on its website. No issue at all. Everyone will take to the skies and suddenly leave all those incredibly stupid driving moments behind.
No more merging problems, no more blind spot collisions, no more road rage, just a beautiful flock of flying humanity. Well, maybe a murder. See what I did there?
But no, really, it makes total sense that we should make this leap. I mean as reported in Transport Dive, top executives are convinced that autonomous vehicles may or may not be here in the near future or maybe probably might be here in 40 years if the technology is ever ready, maybe.
But, don’t quote me on that.
Clearly I need to rethink my skepticism around autonomous terrestrial vehicles.
This from one executive:
“I do think you’ll see certain types of freight on specific lanes find its way to autonomous trucking in the next several years. Now, when is that? That’s anybody’s guess right now.”
And this…”Once people start traveling to cities and see that they can hail a ride in a vehicle and drive autonomously and get them there safely, I think that’s important to change a lot of perceptions about the capabilities of this technology if and when it does become ready.”
Sounds like if we get every person on the planet to travel to Phoenix and ride in that one car then we’ll be all set! IF the technology ever becomes ready.
This from another executive:
“I think it’s closer than what I thought was possible. Are we going to be fully autonomous and not have drivers out there anytime soon? No, not in my career.”
But we’re close right?
It’s a good thing we aren’t trying to do too many things at once. I mean humanity has proven over and over and over that it can completely reinvent daily interaction overnight. Turning 80,000-pound robots loose with millions of cars ready to cut them off and brake-check them and, and, and…
EV, AV, flying cars, Zero Emissions….sure we got this. Yes, I meant to separate EV and Zero Emisions. They are not the same thing.
Anybody have that autonomous trailer that breaks the seal, verifies the number, swings open the door, drops a wheel chock in place, and cranks the sand pads?
Cool, all set then.
Finally some real thoughts from this executive:
“I don’t know if it’ll be ready by the end of my career – that’s a long way off. I can see … a lot of safety technology making the drivers’ job a little less stressful.
I don’t know, widespread, if there’s going to be autonomous trucks in my lifetime. So that’s just kind of my view. There’s too many variables.”
I am totally on board with the autonomous technology drive. I am also totally against hype and B.S. “…a lot of safety technology making the drivers’ job a little less stressful.” That, I can get behind!
Solving the driver shortage? Let’s first agree that there is one.
Making logistics more efficient? Show me how a truck that can’t run in inclement weather is more efficient. Hell, show me how one that can run in bad weather is more efficient. Does it run faster? Does it have GPS? Hmmm…
I can think of many more important, more pressing matters to be focusing our attention on than AV.
Of course, they will make it easier to fight wars.
Peace and love.