Like any technological tsunami, The Internet of Things requires walking before running.
And during that walking, some bumps along the way can be expected.
One such bump just got highlighted by a study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, where preliminary findings show that driverless cars get into more accidents than those piloted by humans.
Ironically, the self-driving car technology works kind of too well. Or at least that much better than typical drivers, who don’t seem to be all that perfect. For example, in Massachusetts, where many drivers seem to view a red light as a mere suggestion, a self-driving car would always stop.
Driverless cars have specific rules programmed in while humans are simply made aware of the rules.
Interestingly, the technology can be modified a lot more easily than human behavior.
And that’s where the gap is in the evolution of The Internet of Things.
As billions of devices become Internet connected, there will be some issues along the way.
Many of these will be unexpected, but once identified, they will be corrected.
You get the idea.
There also will be issues around messaging, as brands and agencies experiment to see what works and what doesn’t, as consumers become accessible to all-the-time, location-based marketing.
The technology involved in building out The Internet of Things is massive and complex. And most of it has to work in very real time, all the time. This is not baking a cake.
Some of the road bumps will be minor, others not so much.
But the process will move forward.