By Auto Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 28, 2019
Waymo was just the first company in California to test fully self-drive vehicles, such as those without carbon-based cars behind the wheel. For almost a year, the outfit which began its life as the Google self-driving car project operated driver-free automobiles in Arizona where the state test rules are much strict than those of California and where it plans to introduce a commercial robo-taxi service.
Previously, driverless cars were just a fantasy, but today, it has become a reality with many advantages and opportunities. However, fully driven-tech is still at an advanced test stage, but the last few years have been experienced partly automated technology. Management lounges such as the BMW 7 series feature automatic parking and can even be remotely controlled. Especially in the UK, the self-driving car technology is getting high investment and support from the automobile and tech world.
Most self-driving systems create and maintain an interior design of their environment, based on a variety of sensors such as radar, while design details vary. In Uber’s autonomous prototypes, 64 laser beams are used to build an internal map alongside other sensors. Google prototypes have lasers, radar, high power cameras, and sonar in different stages.
This technology is preferable to people because of the benefits of these cars. Here, safety is a significant concern. Thousands of people die each year in a motor vehicle crash in the U.S. Self-driving vehicles may, hypothetically, lower that number of deaths—software may be less prone to error compared to manual work—but cybersecurity remains a major concern in this condition. Another important factor is equity. Technology that drives itself could help to move people who cannot drive themselves, such as the elderly and disabled.
Instantly, computers can avoid the risk of being distracted or mistakes behind the wheel, rather than relying on intrinsically faulty human error. Automatic modes already allow many new vehicles to park, drive down a motorway, switch lanes, and stop on the road. Another valuable advantage is the avoidance of the driver’s bad behavior while driving. Sometimes drivers may make bad choices. For instance, road rage can have disagreeable effects, whereas drink and drive is dangerous.
Altogether, the driverless cars will set their own pace on the road for the next couple of years. However, fully independent technology is still further away and in autonomous cities, will have to be isolated and tested.