Automic Family Management Service
In the age of autonomous vehicles, children ten years of age or even younger will be able to summon cars and travel without relying on their parents. This will inevitably cause severe culture shock, as communities grapple with how to manage children's new responsibilities.
Children today often have unlimited autonomy to travel the World Wide Web. Often, they discover material that is inappropriate and even damaging. Services like YouTube are just starting to deal with the consequences of their carelessness. For example, some offer censored versions of their website which can be curated by parents.
Just as children are finding they can go anywhere in the world online, they will soon be able to travel about the real world unaccompanied. The Automic Family Management Service is a speculative effort to give parents control over their children's mobility privileges, so that they can have a healthy and nurturing relationship to the new technology.
Automic allows parents to set permissions for their children to access autonomous vehicles. For example, a school age child might be allowed to go to an ice cream shop, but only after homework is completed, and not after 7 PM. As young people grow older and more responsible, their parents might allow them additional privileges, like an allowance of range, miles, or new destinations. New destinations could be used to reward children for their achievements. Conversely, parents could also choose to replace mobility constraints to punish bad behavior.
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Automic can realize it's goal of giving families a responsible way to manage their children's travel within a scalable and lucrative business model.
For example, the service might help parents and children discover relevant events and venues, and take a marketing fee for promoting them. Automic does not own any vehicles itself, but instead dispatches ride hail requests to existing mobility providers. Automic may take a finders fee for this service. Finally, Automic might charge parents a fee to help them manage their children's mobility privileges.
Automic Family Management was informed by my research on the motor age in the 1950's and 1960's. I realized that the initial adoption of automobiles by the mass market was the best analogy for the type of change that autonomous vehicles will likely provoke. The pictured concept map illustrates how autonomous cars could inspire cultural changes on a simular scale.
Automic was designed to anticipate this change, and channel it towards positive ends.
The Automic Family Management Service can be delivered through a digital touch screen globe I developed for use in the home. It is designed with an upper screen, accessible only to parents, where children's mobility options can be managed. Kids can reach a screen positioned lower, where autonomous responsibilities are displayed, and vehicles can be hailed.