The Latest Developments in Driverless Vehicle Technology
It was not so long ago that mankind dreamt of cars that will need no driver in order to get around the roads out there. Today, the intense hard work of some has made this dream possible in such a way that one can predict nothing but further success for these cars.
Bets are being placed on which automotive company will first launch these cars for the masses and what kind of price range these will come in.
However, it is a sad reality that the masses are still not well-aware of the latest happenings in this world of driverless technology and hence, we decided to educate you a bit more today.
So, let us begin.
What is Driverless Technology all About?
The word “driverless” itself says a lot about this technology. Driverless vehicles, also called autonomous vehicles or robotic cars, make it possible for people to drive without being actively involved in the driving process.
In other words, these cars move on their own on the roads and allow you to reach your destination without any or with a little input to the vehicle’s operating system.
This technology is not a norm right now, but at the speed with which the advancements are being made in it, it is not so long to go that we will start seeing vehicles like these carrying us and our friends to the places we need to be.
Features of the Latest Driverless Technology
By the year 2020, driverless technology has seen enough advancements for us to consider it well equipped and ready to face the future.
Developed countries like Singapore and Netherlands are ready to get their hands on these vehicles and many are ready to educate themselves on the latest technology that these cars endow us with.
If you are a car enthusiast, we will be introducing you to the best technological features that the driverless vehicles come with. So, without further ado, let us get into these features right here:
1- All New Sensor System
Sensors are no surprises when it comes to cars, but driverless technology takes these a step ahead. The newest driverless vehicles bring with them laser RADARs or LiDar systems. These sensor systems work as a combination of cameras, ultrasonics, and long-range radars to help these new vehicles navigate on the roads.
Now, please let us clarify here that this technology is not a common thing for driverless cars to have at least in 2021. However, considering the speed at which advancements are being made in these cars, one can anticipate how most of the driverless vehicles in a few years will be coming well-equipped with this technology.
2- Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I)
With no drivers to focus on what the other vehicles are up to, how can you expect driverless technology to ensure your safety on the roads?
Well, that is as simple as it gets, these vehicles use an advanced communication mechanism in which a lot of data is exchanged per minute between two or more of these autonomously robotic vehicles that might be out there on the road.
This technology of data exchange is called the V2I system and is the reason why the experts seem so sure of the driverless future ensuring less accidents on the road as compared to today.
As of now, this technology has been smoothly working in Japan, Korea, and China. Toyota Lexus vehicles are currently supposed to be coming with this V2I technology and as far as the results are concerned, things have been great.
3- Advanced Drive Assistance systems (ADAS)
Now, this one is a bit self-explanatory but let us try our hands on making it more understandable for you. So, simply stating, ADAS system is installed in the driverless technology to keep it safer and help it navigate with minimal risk of damage.
The Advanced Drive Assistance System (ADAS) helps automate a variety of vehicle functions. One of its most notable features is the Adaptive Cruise Control (ADC) that helps automate a range of functions that are otherwise all dependent on the driver who is driving in a manual or automatic transmission vehicle.
4- Fatigue Recognition
Now, this is not a technology as relevant as the others discussed herein especially when the vehicle can drive on its own. However, it is still added to driverless vehicles now for anyone who might want to control their vehicle on their own on various occasions.
Fatigue recognition alerts you when you are not fully focused on the road out there. These systems use highly automated and data driven sensors to let drivers know whenever their attention diverts from the road because of drowsiness.
This system is another reason why experts are so sure of driverless technology being a way to avoid accidents on road. Imagine a world without car accidents. We are not there yet so if you are injured in a car crash and need help with an injury compensation claim speak to a car injury lawyer Perth. Hopefully the new technology arrives as soon as possible so that we can all be safer on the road.
A car that can ensure your security using biometrics sounds like a stuff of sci-fi movies, no? We have been using biometrics to protect our computers and mobiles but this one is surely a new thing.
So, thanks to Mercedes, biometric security is now the latest innovation in the world of driverless vehicles. It not only keeps an eye on your pulse but also your on your rate of breathing to keep you aware of your health alongside making sure only a certain person can access the car.
6- Lane Control
Now, this one is a bit old in the driverless world, but the advancements this single technology is seeing are unimaginably amazing.
So, the driverless cars have this ability to keep in their lane. If they need to move past other cars, they are able to use advanced sensors to calculate their distance from other cars on the road and then decide when it is a safe time to change lanes and conduct an overtaking maneouver.
Some of the Other Latest Technologies in Driverless Cars:
There is so much happening in the world of driverless vehicles. Some other, not yet explored technologies include the following:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
- Automatic Emergency Braking.
- Street Sign Recognition.
- Light and Sound Detection.
We will come back to these in our next article. In the meantime, we hope you feel enlightened and excited about the future of driverless vehicles.