Recently, there has been a lot of hype surround autonomous driving technology. It seems that every single company is jumping on the driverless car bandwagon with Mercedes introducing the new F015 autonomous concept, Google unveiling its new autonomous cars with air bag technology, Audi releasing its A7 driverless car concept, and finally NASA surprising all other car brands with its latest autonomous MRV, which has a top speed of 40 mph. Autonomous cars will be coming soon.
Other car companies, including Toyota, Nissan, and BMW, have also stated that they will be releasing numerous driverless car concepts by 2020. Therefore, with driverless cars becoming mainstream, they day isn’t far off when you will see a car besides you with the driver relaxing on the backseat and the vehicle cruising down the roads and highways on its own. For those of you who don’t know how autonomous cars work, let us enlighten you a bit.
The new autonomous technology represents a vehicle which can drive by itself and is capable of fulfilling all the main transportation functions of a car. In the past, these cars were only seen in movies, but with the introduction of numerous self-demonstrative systems, automotive brands from over the world have decided to adapt this technology in real life. The cars using this technology will be called “Autonomous cars” and will use numerous radars, cameras, GPS, and computer vision to control the car efficiently and deliver optimal performance.
To some extent, this technology has already been made available on a smaller scale in the form of self-parking assist, blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, lane-management systems, self-adjusting speed controls, and vehicle stability systems. But, the main question is that why are people looking forward to a technology that will allow cars to drive them around. Well, in Batman’s Batmobile, Knight Rider’s KITT, and I Robot’s Audi RSQ, we have all seen what driverless cars are capable of.
Similarly, just like any other technology, autonomous cars also have a wide array of potential benefits. These include better payload tracking, reduced running and maintenance costs, controllable and highly efficient vehicle performance, and improvement in overall safety. However, the main factor which interests many is the improvement of overall safety. Autonomous cars are believed to have a faster reaction times and increased reliability as compared to human drivers.
Therefore, with this technology, there will be fewer traffic collisions and accidents. Additionally, autonomous cars will also be able to efficiently monitor important data, such as location, distance, time, and speed, thus providing an overall safer, smoother, and comfortable drive. Not to mention, according to recent reports, autonomous cars will also have the capability of reducing overall car thefts, because of the self-awareness features.
So, does this mean that in the coming years, autonomous cars will take over traditional cars? Well, this is a debate that is still going on in the automotive industry. However, numerous car brands, such as Mercedes and Toyota, have already announced that their aim is to introduce cars which provide both options. Therefore, you can drive when you want and if you feel tired, you can simply switch to the autonomous drive mode.