Guide to autonomous vehicles: What business leaders need to know

Few technologies have been more anticipated heading into the 2020s than autonomous vehicles. Tantalizingly close and yet still perhaps decades from market adoption in some use cases, the technology is as promising as it is misunderstood. 

You've heard the consumer hype, but what gets less ink are the transformative changes that autonomous vehicles will bring -- in some cases already are bringing -- to the enterprise.

Affecting sectors as disparate as shipping and logistics, energy, agriculture, transportation, construction, and infrastructure -- to name just a few -- it's hard to overstate the impact of the diverse and versatile set of technologies lumped into the decidedly broad category of 'autonomous vehicles'.

This guide will help you sort the hype from the business reality and tell you all you need to know about the autonomous vehicle revolution on the ground, in the air, and even at sea.

Development history

In 1939, General Motors predicted we'd have an autonomous vehicle highway system up and running by the dawn of the 1960s.

As with a lot of autonomous vehicle hype, that prediction was a tad premature, but it demonstrates the long history of autonomous vehicle development. By 1958, GM had created a prototype autonomous vehicle that was guided not by on-board electronics but metal indicators embedded in a roadway.

Modern iterations of autonomous mobility have concentrated on placing the burden of navigation with the brains of the vehicle, although efforts to....

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