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With automated cars communicating with each other (machine-to-machine communications - thus the word connected cars), could we envision the following futurist scenario:

  • Cars exchange their destination, expected route, and schedule, so they can jointly (rather than separately as when driven by a human being) optimize their routes
  • Some people don't mind if they commute lasts longer: indeed they want a commute that lasts longer to do more work as the car is automatically driven, thus counting the commute time as work time
  • Other want a shorter commute. By communicating this interest to all the cars, hopefully they could achieve their goal.

Do you think this is a dream, or rather realistic and achievable in 10 years? I know our data scientist don't drive anymore, and maybe that's the future for most of us, especially data scientists: no more cars, work from home.

What do you think? As far as I know, today cars communicate with each other only for maneuvering purposes, to avoid accidents. Not for planning routes (or avoid police traps.)

This is potentially an interesting data science application, that leverages deep learning.

Hani S Mahmassani giving a keynote lecture on automatic and connected vehicles

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Waze already does something like this but has to rely, in part, on humans.


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