Visteon Offers Insight at Autonomous Car Detroit
Upton Bowden, new technology planning director for Visteon, discussed challenges and opportunities of self-driving cars at the Autonomous Car Detroit conference in Dearborn, Michigan, on March 15. Bowden participated on a panel with four other industry representatives to address the topic “Inside the Autonomous Car.”
While the interior of an autonomous vehicle may be different in some ways from that of today’s cars, creating an intuitive and comforting user experience inside the cockpit will be as important with autonomous vehicles as it is with manually driven cars. “You’re going to want controls similar to what you’re used to, so each (autonomous) car isn’t a total learning experience,” Bowden said.
Building trust that an autonomous car can accurately detect and react to its surroundings will be a key factor in user acceptance of the technology, the panelists agreed. Bowden said artificial intelligence or machine learning, which is at the foundation of Visteon’s autonomous driving approach, will be a key factor in establishing this trust.
“The first time in an autonomous car is like the first time a parent sits in a car driven by a teen driver,” Bowden said, noting it takes time to build trust and comfort. “Initially, there will be lots of visual and audible cues to assure the driver that the car recognizes its surroundings. That’s how you build trust; then those can gradually be dialed back.” Bowden added that such cues can also be used to alert the driver to actions the car is about to take, such as changing lanes, to minimize apprehension or uncertainty in the occupant.
Autonomous Car Detroit was organized by Automotive Megatrends.