What Can the Automotive Industry Learn from MCAS and the 737 MAX?

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By James Hodgson | 3Q 2019 | IN-5582


Late Adopters


The best way to consider the technological trends that are transforming the automotive industry is to recognize that, by and large, they are technological trends that have already transformed other verticals before filtering their way into the notoriously cautious and hesitant automotive industry. This is perhaps most visible in connected infotainment; the capacitive touchscreen displays and application frameworks that are now commonplace in most new vehicles were first introduced to consumers via their smartphones. Similarly, automakers are now enthusiastically adopting voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which have come to define the smart home user interface.

This lagged adoption applies not only to superficial multimedia and connected infotainment applications, but also to core driving functions. While semi-autonomous operation in automotive is still in its infancy, it has been the norm in aviation for decades. As the software complexity of cars grows and takes responsibility for more core driving functions, it is important for the automotive industry to …

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