Another concern here might be just who gets to diagnose and repair the technology in the near future.
Will government implement heavily regulated requirements for maintenance, servicing and repair similar to CASA and aircraft maintenance technical licensing?
Will the automotive industry seek the support of government to mandate only automotive retailers can repair autonomous systems for the life of the vehicle?
Will the industry seek to be self regulating in a quest to unburden government while ensuring a closed shop both technically and for profit?
IE No external or independent monitoring and licensing of the technical staff employed with the dealer network training and employing who ever they like in a closed shop environment.
Cynically - does the motor vehicle industry have a duty of care to protect the consumer from ignorance while ensuring the profitability of the industry through reduced competition? It would be a bold ACCC to suggest that the servicing and maintenance of autonomous vehicles was opened up to competition and technical access, putting at risk the killing and maiming of 1,000’s due to one small error by a rogue repairer?
Hence my suggestion the motor manufacturers and dealers will move swiftly to ensure an inhouse future - for our safety! And will do so by also ensuring government does not create an automotive equivalent of CASA. Or the need for independently certified and accountable technical training of specialists that ensures a more open market for maintenance and repair.
Of course Toyota might create a maintenance and diagnostic robot that does it all, putting all the dealer servicing out of business at the same time. Sort of an autonomous vehicle repair facitility?