19 Apr The future of automobile
According to Digital Trend 31 March 2018: The world drove 10 trillion miles per year in 2017, while self-driving cars only covered three million miles. In order for autonomous vehicles be ready for consumer use, the Artificial Intelligence of self-driving vehicles must learn more, by driving more miles per year. This is fundamentally the largest challenge faced by the autonomous vehicle industry. To train an autonomous driving system to have the competence of a human driver, on-board AI computers would need to drive roughly 11 billion miles in total. The self-driving car technology is short of about 9 trillion miles before we can have 95% confidence that autonomous driving vehicles is acceptable at 1.09 fatalities per 100 million miles.
Self-driving technology is poised to radically transform Singapore’s land transport system for reducing traffic congestion. LTA is spearheading tests for autonomous mobility-on-demand services. Commuters will be able to book driverless taxicabs through their smartphones, in the same convenient way as booking a Grab taxi. Driverless vehicles are also gradually being phased into the public utility works to operate at night to free up road lanes from congestion in the day.
All driverless cars for passenger transport will be running electric. Automotive engineers and infrastructure planners will have to solve the problem of range anxiety: an electric car battery running out of power before the next charging point is reached. Japan’s strategy in transitioning from fuel to electric cars is to dot the entire nation with electric car charging stations. In Japan, there are more than 40,000 charging stations nationwide compared with fewer than 35,000 petrol stations. LTA has already made electric car charging infrastructure a top priority for national development.
MBM keeps abreast with each and every developmental phase of automotive technology. We are already servicing a variety of highly sophisticated computerised electric and hybrid cars. The relevance of the automotive servicing industry for autonomous vehicle is a greater emphasis in vehicle data analysis. MBM is more than willing to do our part to help the automotive servicing industry become more future compliant. During our daily operation, our Dealer Management System (DMS) collects all vehicle data to enable accurate diagnostics, so that all the cars that we have serviced return back to their owners fully compliant with factory vehicle handling, performance and safety benchmarks. Crash repairs are increasingly more complex. The MBM crew commands a thorough grasp of the computerised electric circuitries of all makes and models. This is to ensure that not only are a car’s chassis, body and paint restored to showroom condition; but more importantly, the collision repair must ensure that all computerised parts are replaced with factory originals and calibrated to factory specifications.
When you think MBM for automotive service excellence, you are assured that we will be your dedicated co-driver to embrace the future.