Something strange happens when you look into a crystal ball.
For some, it becomes easier to imagine roadblocks that don’t actually exist or that are not really insurmountable. Maybe it’s a way to create more hype by painting a dire picture or to build up a taller mountain to scale as a way to raise even more investment money. Who knows? It’s a problem I’ve seen many times in tech, where the naysayers get most of the attention.
The same problem exists when it comes to connected cars. It does seem like a big challenge: reinventing the most common form of transportation. The death toll on U.S. highways increased by 10 percent in 2015, and the U.S. has the highest roadway fatality rate in the world. In 2016, the increase was 7 percent, or about 40,000 fatalities. The culprit in many cases is distracted driving. The urgency behind making cars more intelligent is real, but there are still those who predict doom and gloom, claiming that we’ll need an entirely new highway system or that older cars will be left out of the equation.