Driverless cars are fastly becoming a reality- Read how
The era Jules Verne imagined is here. From capturing the oceans to creating a self driven car concept. The future is now. From experimenting with semi automatic cars to new generation safety standards (Mercedes wants it’s automatics to go Death Proof). However, a question remains: Is it safe? Is it worth the risk? Read on:
Driverless car (or self driven cars) are those vehicles that use the technical support to replace the drivers. Come 2020 and the fuel driven vehicles will be a passe. This has made the market for new generation automakers a hot cake.
- Leading the innovation process is electric car major Tesla. In a significant move, the fully driverless technology has been included in the model 3 and the future model 3 but is pending government approval.
- Uber also tested the autonomous approach to the taxi service. It’s pilot program at Pittsburgh received great publicity until another report of crash sounded the bugle on the safety standards. It also roped in robotics team of Carnegie Mellon University to improve the quality of the vehicle. Today, the organization runs semi-driverless technology service for the early adopters.
- Uber then partnered with Volvo to develop self-driving driverless car as well have acquired driverless truck business. At a cost of 300 million dollars, stakes are high and competition is tough.
- Search major: Google has the prestige to develop fully driverless car technology (without brakes!).
- When we talk of cars can our Beemer be far behind? It will soon be pilot testing the self-driving cars this year.
- Baidu too attempts to provide the technology to help maximize the utility of the technology for its maximal benefit. Organizations that are nowhere close to the automobile industry are also rushing to get the best of customer service experience.
- Automakers like Nissan, Volvo, Ford, Honda and Hyundai are also in process of getting a breakthrough in the sector by 2020.
- Illinois is a place where driverless cars rule the street. But not all countries or states have that much of freedom for this technology.
- Despite advancement in the technology, the experts believe things are not going to be great overnight. According to them, we live in the technology related middle ages and time is ripe for the fully driverless technology to hit the streets. (And I am already understanding the issues faced by Fred Flintstones and family)
- Many hurdles still await the technology of driverless cars. This includes regulatory affairs to the traffic on existing infrastructure.
- Overall, the cars would be ideal for carpooling solutions and in turn reduce the amount of traffic on streets. But frankly how many of us would be ready to go with a robocar on drive? Surely not me. (Gulp)
- Not to sound anti-technology but will the cars have the Dynamics famous to Rajni Akka or will all end in a pile like Need of Speed Franchise. (May Paul Walker rest in peace).
- What about ethics? What will the driverless car chose to hit if faced with certain indecision? Will it cause system failure? Can it be hacked to kill?
- Our traffic police will soon find little bit of novelty once these cars arrives no one will be on a speeding lane. But yes, instances of crime on road will reduce but unemployment will increase.
- Valentines day bonus: Well for those looking for a romantic night out with their beloved will find better opportunity in driverless car to get close to each other (wink!).