Put your seat belts on and hold on to your seats, driver less cars are on their way near you.
These self-driven cars will be available for commercial sale in a few years as most of the tests have shown how close we are to perfection when it comes to a vehicle driving itself.
The real challenge in my opinion will be for the human passengers to put their trust on this beautifully engineered machine.
Many experts believe that full adoption of autonomous vehicles won’t happen until 2030, but some vehicles with self-driving capabilities are expected by 2020. Whether they are legal to drive everywhere or to drive without an occupant – to pick up a passenger or park themselves – remains to be seen.
HOW DO THESE CAR FUNCTION?
Many of the vehicles use what is called Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) – a rotating laser, usually mounted on the roof, that continually scans the environment around the car. Traditional radar is also used for detecting distances to objects and cars, as are various cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS, which are all used in conjunction to build a 3D picture of the environment around the vehicle.
The most complex part of a self-driving system is the software that collects the data, analyses it and actually drives the vehicle. It has to be capable of recognizing and differentiating between cars, bikes, people, animals and other objects as well as the road surface, where the car is in relation to built-in maps and be able to react to an often unpredictable environment.
No purely autonomous vehicles are available at present as that 100% perfection is yet to be achieved, but several with self-driving features are currently on our roads.
I can’t wait for my first ride on one of these. It will take a few heart racing rides by us to be comfortable and feel fully confident in riding in one of these vehicles.
Happy driving!!!! Let me know when you are riding in one. I will get off the road, just to be safe.
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