By now, you’ve no doubt seen the headlines positioning Amazon and Tesla at the forefront of fully-autonomous vehicles and transportation. Whether you want to call it a war between two tech giants or an ego-fueled squabble between billionaires, it’s a race (with no drivers, of course) to bring a safe and viable fully-autonomous driving solution to the real world. There is, however, another approach: collaboration.
That’s the tactic of Project ASLAN, which officially launched earlier this month. ASLAN is a supergroup of tech companies, research groups and universities, focused on bringing a fiscally practical, fully-autonomous vehicle solution to public roads. I sat down with one of the founding members of the group, Street Drone CEO Mike Potts to find out why he thinks a collaborative effort and open-source material is the only way forward.