Consumers Are Right About Autonomous Cars: Page 2 of 2

Op-ed: Recent reports about resignations of Tesla engineers suggest that automakers need to approach autonomous technology cautiously.
September 15, 2017

to get automakers and suppliers to tone down the rhetoric. And to understand why, we need to look no further than the stock market success of Tesla, Inc. It’s said that a share of Tesla’s stock now is now valued at about $500,000 for each car it sells, whereas GM’s is about $5,000 per car sold. That alone should tell us why automakers are making grandiose predictions. The future pays.

The unfortunate truth is that our best view of autonomous technology probably won’t come from public pronouncements, but from stories like the one in The Wall Street Journal . There, we can learn what engineers think.

The irony is that, right now, it’s the non-techies who are evaluating this high-tech situation correctly. “In general, the average person is kind of suspicious of technology, and that’s what we’re seeing,” Cole told us. “But the real experts – they’re not comfortable with it either. That should tell us that extreme caution is required here.”

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


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