Alan’s Collision Center is an auto body shop in NE Philadelphia. We’ve been in business since 1975. So, after 40 years we can honestly say we know something about cars, vehicles, trucks, and anything with four wheels.
What we’re quite unsure of, however, is the driverless vehicle. In fact, we’re very unsure about the driverless vehicle! There was recently an article in the Wall Street Journal that stated that in 10 years, the auto body shop would be negatively affected by driverless vehicles.
A recent article in the Detroit Free Press, ‘Driverless cars face some human hurdles,’ stated that passengers are likely to get motion sickness while traveling in a driverless vehicle.
That strikes us as somewhat odd. What’s even more curious is this:
The Auto Body Shop And The Driverless Vehicle
What happens when a driverless vehicle is summoned via someone’s mobile device, and the passenger is chauffeured to his or her destination. Along the way, the autonomous vehicle is in a collision. Will the non driver (no one behind the wheel) know whether to call a collision center?
As is customary during an accident, both drivers get out of the car (if they are physically able) to take photographs, get insurance information and exchange personal information.
Who is getting out of the autonomous vehicle to be the human? Is the passenger the witness? Would the passenger phone or is there a vehicle service that owns the driverless car? Or, are vehicle manufacturers expecting consumers to purchase autonomous vehicles?
If individuals are to be owners of the driverless vehicle — let’s say they are elderly and don’t feel as confident behind the wheel, then is that passenger/owner the responsible party for collision repair for driverless vehicles?
In the article, which clearly states that autonomous vehicles are likely decades away, it does say a driverless vehicle can transit 99.9 percent of the distance; however, it may not know what to do in the final 1/10th of the distance as a variety of factors may contribute to what happens just before a car is parked and the ignition is turned off.
Although the first coast-to-coast journey for an autonomous car was successful, imagine Manhattan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago, or London with the magnitude of vehicles and other forms of transportation clogging these metropolitan roadways.
Besides the wonderment of collision repair and the driverless vehicle, there are so many other simple questions, such as — Would YOU ever relinquish control of the wheel to nobody while you’re asleep as a passenger? If you’re an auto body shop in NE Philadelphia, the answer is NO!