Jesse Max Muir
In first approaching my research towards the topic of autonomous cars I began looking at the various perspectives centred on the technology. In the wake of modern developments such as Tesla’s self-proclaimed “auto-pilot” function, there was no denying that the technology was here/fast approaching. As such, I decided as opposed to researching the potential future developments of autonomous cars, I would provide an in-depth analysis of the dominant perspectives and apply this to a large gap in the research. This gap came in the form of the ‘enthusiast perspective’ as through the course of my research I found very little information on the treatment of self-driving cars by automotive enthusiasts. Thus, my goal for this project was established in determining what this enthusiast perspective was after firmly establishing the current dominating perspectives, this being that of early adopters, and the concerned public. My two blog posts and final podcast have…
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Jesse Max Muir
In my previous post, I had provided a brief introduction to the concept of autonomous cars and the physical and fictional realities in which they exist. Within this, I covered a short history on the development of technologies stemming from Davinci’s Self-Driving Cart, towards modern autonomous vehicles such as Teslas. The existence of autonomous cars within science fiction was also discussed through texts such as iRobot, Knight Rider, and Transformers. After this contextual information was provided, I then proceeded to introduce the dominating theme of my digital artefact; three dominating perspectives toward the technology including that of early adopters, the concerned public, and the enthusiast perspective.
On the early adopter perspective, I was able to find several arguments for the use of autonomous vehicles. One specific document sourced from global architecture, and engineering firm, IBI Group, discussed the potential urban effects of autonomous vehicles in cities. Through…
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Jesse Max Muir
As someone who is undeniably immersed in both physical and online car communities (and having blogged about both on several occasions) I have had extensive experience with both past and modern technologies. My first car was from 1962, it had no airbags, no power steering, now power breaks, a cable based clutch, manual transmission, and carbureted fuel supply as opposed to modern electronic fuel injection. Despite the almost primate nature of this car, the experience of driving it was best described as raw with the driver in complete control. Alternatively, I recently had experienced my most modern car to date with a 2013 Abarth 500. This car had ABS, an automatic transmission, reverse parking sensors, disk brakes, Bluetooth, airbags, power steering, and most importantly an ECU, which amongst other things, would prevent the driver from shifting gears at a time it did not deem safe and would not let the…
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