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Robocar Tech Faces 'Major Pain' in 2019

eetimes.com, Jan. 02, 2019 – 

As the curtain rises on CES 2019 next week, developers of automotive technologies will be crowding the stage in Las Vegas, elbowing one another aside in an effort to keep alive their self-driving car dreams.

Given that the annual event is all about shiny new objects, CES will feature a host of head-turning auto-related technologies and partnership deal announcements. For anyone following the autonomous-vehicles (AV) beat, however, the room-sized elephant will be a number of technology, business, regulatory and social issues likely to hobble the automotive industry in 2019.

For example, a backlash against driverless cars has begun in Arizona. According to police reports, some residents in Chandler are already so sick and tired of Waymo vehicles cruising the neighborhoods that they've started throwing rocks at AVs and slashing tires, the New York Times reported.

These reactions serve to remind the AV industry that despite all the hype, the public isn't exactly buying the tech community's rosy picture of a utopian society where robocars scurry hither and thither saving people's lives.

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