Driverless Cars (Lets step into the future)

Driverless vehicles are cars or trucks in which human drivers do not take control to safely operate the vehicle. Also known as autonomous or “driverless” cars, they combine sensors and software to control, navigate, and drive the vehicle.With all this fuss going on about these Autonomous Vehicles,why not discuss some good stuff about them that w want to read. But first, let me tell you how exactly they work.

How do Driverless Cars work?

Self-driving technologies are develop by giant innovation hubs like Tesla, Uber, Google and Nissan. Though designs and details may vary due to new innovations, all self-driving cars use basically the same technology. These AVs (autonomous vehicles) create and maintain an internal map based on a wide range of sensors like Radar. Software then analyses and records the information, selects the suitable path and sends instructions to the driving mechanism(acceleration, braking and steering).Hard-coded rules, obstacle avoidance algorithms, predictive modeling, and “smart” object discrimination (ie knowing the difference between a bicycle and a motorcycle) help the software follow traffic rules and navigate obstacles.

What The Government Says

There are 6 levels of autonomy of a vehicle

 0: All major operations are controlled by the driver

 1: Some systems like cruise control and automatic braking, may be controlled by the car, one at a time

 2: Car operates two automated systems like acceleration and steering under controlled circumstances

 3: Car can manage all safety critical functions but requires the driver to take over when needed

4: The car is fully autonomous in some situations, not all

 5: The car is capable of self-driving in all situations

Self-Driving cars are legal on streets in some American states while in major part of the world, they are still believe to be dangerous or unreliable. The states of Florida, Nevada, Michigan and California have allowed the testing and operation of AVs on roads while some roads have pending decisions. Rules and certain amendments are being made in order to avoid accidents which occurred in the past with Google driverless cars.

Now lets discuss some “cool” stuff about these AVs and the positive changes they will bring into our lifestyles.

The “Cool” Stuff

First of all lets discuss the new shapes of cars we will see in the future. According to a recent article in “The Economist”, three shapes came into consideration. These were

Divided: Two seated car with parted passengers for ride sharing

Pod: As the name tells, a single seated car

Family: No description needed

But these are just assumptions based on facts. Actual car designs may vary drastically.

Here are mentioned some positive changes that AVs will bring in our lives

Fewer Accidents:

80% of car crashes in the USA are due to error. With the elimination of driver, these accidents can be reduced drastically. Also, drunk and drugged drivers will be no longer a nuisance.

Leisure Pods:

With elimination of driver seat and creation of more space, car cabins will become more spacious and comfortable. With this advent, new luxury ideas will be develop by the Luxury Giants. Journeys will become a lot more stress-free, relaxing and enjoyable.

Traffic Regulation

Controlling and managing the traffic will become a great deal easier and time-saving. This way we’ll have traffic jams and at the same time, commuting will become a lot faster.

No more Stress

Driving at night is the most stressful job of all. With improved sensory technology, it wont be a problem anymore. Seeing farther ahead, better in poor visibility, detecting smaller and more subtle obstacles, more reasons for less traffic accidents.

Go Park Yourself

With improvement in this technology, you wont have to struggle to park your car without scratching. Your car will do it for you.

No Need to Lock

With self-aware cars, we wont have to worry about thieves. Our cars will be able to protect themselves (rider identification technology).

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