That gave Uriah Smith the idea to attach a full size horse head to automobiles. What sounds like a crazy idea today, wasn’t that crazy back then. It’s hard to imagine how we would have felt in the same situation more than a hundred years ago.
Research for automating cars will drive research for various consumer applications — As it happens everywhere in science, research in one area can develop technology in related fields. Bertoncello and Wee explain this on McKinsey & Company, the broad penetration of autonomous vehicles will likely accelerate the development of robotics for consumer applications, since the two share many technologies. These include remote advanced sensing, hyperprecise proisitioning/GPS, image recognition, and advanced artificial intelligence. In addition to this, robots could also benefit from the same infrastructure, including recharging stations, service centers and machine-to-machine communication networks.
The two most populous countries in the world, China and India, with a combined population of more than 2.6 billion, have announced the most ambitious moves: India, forced in part by its polluted, chaotic cities and its commitments to international emission reduction agreements, will transform its automobile fleet and become fully electric by 2030. China, the world’s largest automotive market and also concerned about its very high levels of pollution and traffic problems, will ban entirely the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels, with dates to be determined, but also targeting 2030. In addition, China plans to build 167,000 electric charging stations throughout its huge territory.
I think the design team at Apple got their priorities straight. The people with auto background in the team have no interest in doing what they did before. There is something in the air that the car is the ultimate design challenge, especially at today’s turning point for the industry. And some of them, including Jony, might see this as coming full circle in their career.