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Connected Cars? Regulated Cars Is More Like It

Are cars becoming more like medical devices? Jama co-founder Derwyn Harris discusses the differences and similarities, and what both mean to the automotive industry—and to automotive electronics systems compliance in particular.

From any vantage point, it’s hard to ignore the transition underway. With demand for hybrid and battery-powered cars pushing the classic internal combustion engine closer to extinction, one wonders if the steering wheel might be next.

Influenced by automotive electronics systems innovations produced by Tesla, Faraday Future, Google, Apple and others, the auto industry is shifting from decades of catering to the drivers’ experience to integrating today’s accident-prevention technologies and tomorrow’s autonomous operation functionalities.

The issue at hand: Where drivers once had full responsibility for vehicle operation, new and complex automotive electronics systems give cars the ability to monitor and react, and, it appears, the potential to assume driver liability.

While consumers ponder the possibility of autonomous cars, manufacturers and suppliers examine what this shift in responsibility entails.

It’s a big and fast-moving evolutionary step forward that raises important questions about what cars mean to us and how automotive electronics systems designers will respond to meet changing compliance regulations and consumer needs.