Imagine this. After a tiring day, your car will drive you home. Wouldn’t that be nice? This wish will become a reality with autonomous driving technology that will soon be launched and which has been already been recognized in French and German law.
The main technology behind autonomous driving is called Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which functions similarly to the auto-pilot mode in airplanes. Many experts have evaluated this driver-assistance technology and judged it to have high stability thanks to its safety-critical driving functions.
When talking about the major benefits of ADAS, safety appears to be the most important advantage. ADAS has been developed under the Active Safety System which can lead to a ‘vision zero’ or non-accident vehicle in a future. Researchers also claim that ADAS will decrease technology costs and work well with the evolving electric car technology.
To illustrate an obvious example of autonomous driving, General Motors has launched GM Cruise AV, a zero emission self-driving vehicle, produced for ride-sharing that will be available in 2019. The automated driving car is developed from its latest model, Chevrolet Bolt, and excludes a steering wheel and pedals for manual control. There is only an LCD display showing details about the trip and providing options on the dashboard for the passenger to stop the car. The Cruise AV comes with several features. Firstly, it provides a seat belt warning system along with command touchscreens for the driver to open/close doors. Besides, this vehicle has radar sensors and cameras to observe all details of its surroundings to identify cyclists and traffic lane lines to keep the vehicle on the road, track distant, oncoming traffic and so on. Moreover, Automated driving system 2.0, a new driver-assisted technology takes passenger safety even further.
Ride-sharing systems using autonomous driving technology will also be linked in with mobile applications for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Grab. The vehicle will be sent to the customer’s location for the pickup and take them to their selected destination. This innovative technology will be available in the market by 2019.
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