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Automated Vehicles

An informative and thought provoking Canadian survey and study on AV's.



Servicing Autonomous Vehicles

We all know that vehicles are more reliable, and complex.

We have come a long way from the simple mechanical car of a few decades or is it generations ago.

As vehicles become more sophisticated, and complex with higher technology content, the disposability of the vehicle increases.

With all the technology, sophistication, complexity, a lot of the under chassis requirements are a constant, tires, brakes, oil change, exhaust, suspension components...its all changed, and its still the same.

From a diagnostic perspective most vehicles have a self diagnostic functionality, all manufacturers have specific diagnostic tools for their vehicles. Its "plug it in and see what comes up on the screen".

But what will be unique about AV's...

From our perspective servicing autonomous vehicles...

  • These vehicles will be connected, and monitored 24/7.
  • Will require mandatory inspections at regular intervals.
  • Autonomous capability will be deactivated if inspection schedules are not respected.
  • The vehicle can drive itself to the service department...think about this.

The safety and liability aspect of the vehicles will enforce a servicing, inspection, maintenance schedule.

Imagine a dealer seeing a bunch of AV's show up at the service drive through, with pre scheduled appointments, and pre authorised payments. Once the inspection/service is complete. The vehicle drives itself back to the owner.

What do you think?




The Autonomous Vehicle Progression

If you are an auto enthusiast, or a die hard gear head. At some point autnomous or self driving cars blipped on your radar screen.

The usual response to the blip is A-that will be the day B-interestng how will cars drive themselves?

At Strada we took in interest a few years back on how cars will drive themselves at some point in the future.

Technology in the auto business takes various paths, often with fascinating twists and  turns. Keep in mind that most of the technologies related to driving are simply there in any vehicle. You don't turn on the ABS, air bags, traction control its all there and we trust that it will activate when needed.

When it comes to self driving vehicles we are at the point, where a vehicle can control its own speed, stay within a lane, brake, and possibly even steer by itself. Its all cool stuff...

Most vehicles from most manufacturers already have most of this technology. As usual the more expensive models connect a few more dots or wires to make it all work together. While most manufacturers mention the technology, and in the owners manual publish pages of warnings.

Let's not forget that currently, the driver turns on the technology, and the driver is expected to keep their hands on the steering wheel.

In an age of social media, where everyone has an opinion, and can publish an opinion. Lets leave it that, we always urge you to be your own editor.

How come all these car experts don't talk much about this, and if they do it was at some supervised demonstartion from a manufacturer. Its simple, from our perspective you have to spend time and cover a distance to have a reasonable understanding of how the "autonomous" works in any vehicle.

How come manufacturers are discreet, they mention the feature, publish the warnings in the owners manual on the premise of "Its there, this is how you use it".

One question is always "How will these vehicles interface with reality on public roads?" From our perspective the one's we have tested do it very well.

The really big question is "How will it develop when an accident occurs?" Suddenly instead of just talking it will be walking the talk in the real world.