Self-driving cars has long been a concept that many consumers are hoping will become a reality. While many manufacturers have started to make strides in developing autonomous vehicles, it is still a long way from becoming a reality. Some of the latest technology updates play a crucial role in the continuous evolution of self-driving vehicles. In this article, we shall take a look at the biggest strides in technologies that are close to making the concept a reality.
Motion sensors and computer vision
Motion sensors is not a new technology on its own. However, it has to be accurate. According to Robert Janitzek, it will be the technology that will manage the proximities of several other cars traveling at high speed on multi-lane roadways so there is not much room for errors. Motion sensors combines traditional radar, cameras, and other motion-activated mobile technologies to determine the distance between you and another vehicle.
Global positioning system or GPS has also been around for years. However, the challenge for automakers is to ensure that GPS will be functional, extremely accurate, and will have minimal downtime. The technology is necessary for navigation from one point to another. It will complement computer vision in orienting the vehicle and keeping it on the right track.
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that one concern about the technology is that if a satellite system temporarily goes down. If this happens, the autonomous vehicle will have limited data at their disposal. There should be a protocol that must be put in place to ensure that the vehicle will not put passengers in a precarious situation by operating with limited vision. Latest developments in GPS have centered on mitigating the risks of a downed system making satellite information more accurate. Procedures have also been developed to handle any unexpected changes.
Autonomous driving software
This technology is the most complex and most secretive. European brand car manufacturers developing this technology are extremely protective of their system design as competitors may be able to copy their methods or even improve on them. The autonomous driving software serves as the main hub for the vehicle’s autonomous activities. It will manage data from sensors, GPS, radar, and other feedback channels and it will determine the appropriate response and behavior.
One single error from the software could spell the difference between life and death. As such, automakers face extreme pressure in ensuring that their software are in the best shape possible. Customers are also hoping for its reliability for their safety and that of their passengers.