Since the beginning of the construction of the first vehicles powered by combustion engines, there has been a constant desire, as well as ongoing research, for the development of an automobile capable of driving itself.
It is not a question of trying to find a particular functionality for this, nor is it an attempt to improve everyone’s level of safety; instead, the objective is to advance in technological development continually.
Is it true that there are no practical electric cars? They were a creation of ours.
What, there aren’t any cars that can fly? We design them. No autonomous cars? The only option we have is to create them ourselves.
As was mentioned earlier, a car considered autonomous can drive itself and does not require the services of a human driver to operate.
The foundation of this new revolution is a camera system that provides a panoramic view of its surroundings.
This system, along with radar, sonar, and other cutting-edge technologies, also gathers data from the environment, processes it, and then uses the results to steer the vehicle.
Developing a self-driving car is not particularly challenging; rather, the challenge lies in ensuring that it is robust enough to withstand the myriad challenges posed by actual driving conditions.
Already, companies like Toyota are planning to introduce their lineup of driverless cars to the public, even though the covid-19 crisis is limiting their production.
In 2026, Volkswagen already plans to sell the vehicle that will emerge from Project Trinity, and Tesla also plans to advance its technology…possible It’s that we’ll have fully autonomous cars by the middle of the next decade, but before that happens, we need to determine how they’ll interact with vehicles that still require human drivers.
Because there is a constant need for advancement, we have already stated that the autonomous car will one day be a reality., but it will also bring two significant benefits, so the first question may perhaps respond to a bit of cellulite eagerness; however, it is appropriate to open the debate before the implementation of cars that will forever change the way that we move around.
On the one hand, they will mean the complete and utter democratization of the automobile, given that up until now, the only people allowed to drive one are those with a license.
Now that millions of people will have the opportunity to pursue their dream of owning a car, more gridlock and pollution will inevitably result from this trend (until the total electrification of the fleet).
However, we are unable to deny them the right.
On the other hand, the introduction of autonomous vehicles will lead to an increase in road safety.
The human element, the root cause of almost every collision on the road, will no longer be a factor, resulting in a significant drop in the number of people killed.
Because of this, governments are overjoyed that the brands’ projects will go forward because it will save them money that they would have spent on campaigns and prevention devices (and we will avoid the pain of many families).
However, the most significant obstacle, and the reason we brought up neo-Luddism in the first place, is that for many people, driving is not a method for getting to a specific location but rather an end in itself or, if you will, a form of pleasure.
And the fact that, in this already challenging life, they are taking away what we enjoy to reduce us to mere spectators will delay the introduction of the autonomous vehicle a little bit more.
Whether utility or romanticism is more critical in a car is one that has Motorbli readers shaking their heads at us.
There are five levels when evaluating the degree to which a vehicle can operate on its own. First, let’s take a look at the following:
We are currently operating at level 2, but some new projects we are becoming familiar with, such as Trinity, have their sights set on level 3.
Before we move on to the projects that have the most potential to excite us, let’s look at some of the challenges and limitations of autonomous vehicles.
The first problem is safety and the moral dilemmas that can arise from it.
The world would indeed be safer if all cars were autonomous.
Still, suppose they have to coexist with other vehicles. In that case, human drivers may take advantage of the situation to make risky maneuvers or overtaking attempts, keeping in mind that the autonomous car will always brake.
This would make the world less safe overall.
Tenths of a second can be enough time for people to make meaningful choices, such as, “do I run over the child who has lost a ball, or do I turn the car sharply and crash into a lamppost?”
A computer system is not capable of determining what is best in these circumstances, and the result would be extensive discussions after the fact.
There is also the matter of liability, specifically, the question of who will take over the insurance policy.
Because we will no longer be operating the vehicle, the car manufacturer must take responsibility for everything. As a result, each accident would set them back millions of dollars.
The final challenge is regaining control of the vehicle.
Suppose the majority of accidents are the result of distractions.
In that case, we will inevitably ignore unanticipated circumstances when we ride in cars that do not have the highest possible level of autonomy.
Even though they are still preliminary, let’s look at the four endeavors that fill us with the most optimism.
This extremely grandiose name refers to the crown jewel of the work that the multinational technology corporation Google has worked hard at.
They got their work on the car off to a highly early start back in 2009 and continue to put in the effort every day.
They are based on the statistics that show that 1,350,00 people lose their lives in traffic accidents each year, of which 94% are caused by human error.
Their tests produce very positive results and unquestionably possess the most cutting-edge model.
However, on May 14, 2021, the technology news portal The Verge informed us that a Waymo car had become stuck on a road due to technical problems.
When the technicians went to get it out of there, the car started up aimlessly and drove off in the wrong direction.
The video can be viewed on the YouTube website. Even the most optimistic people have concerns about issues of this nature, but we have faith that Google will be able to find a solution to these issues.
Elon Musk’s ability to make bold forecasts for the future has helped propel Tesla’s Autopilot to the forefront of technological innovation.
t was marketed as a nearly complete version of driverless cars but was never released (the name already said it all).
On the other hand, Tesla has already clarified that this is only a level 2 system, which refers to driving aids.
Because the brilliant American inventor will not give up until he creates the ideal autonomous vehicle, the “Autopilot” is a test bench currently up for sale.
It can be used to test radars, sensors, and cameras that will be used to finish the project.
We are only at level 2, so we cannot ask for much just yet. However, in April of 2021, a vehicle equipped with Autopilot was involved in a mysterious accident.
According to reports, no one was in the driver’s seat (which can not happen because the car would not start).
The specifics of what happened in the accident have not been made clear as of this moment.
Many of us were taken aback by the illustrious Volkswagen Project Trinity because we had only anticipated an extremely fuel-efficient electric vehicle.
On the other hand, the German company appears to be pulling out all the stops to break into the autonomous market.
And not with a level 3 system at all, but rather with a car already at the level
The car will already have complete control of the vehicle, even though the driver will still need to pay attention, and it will be a vehicle that will be available for purchase in 2025 or 2026.
Level 5, the autonomous car division of Lift, has been acquired by Toyota for a price of $550 million.
They are making great strides toward getting autonomous cars of Level 3, 4, or 5 onto the production line.
It was already promised that a fleet of driverless buses would be available during the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
These buses would transport both athletes and workers. Due to the fact that they were delayed by covid, we will not know to what extent they achieved their goal until 2021.
They put a lot of effort into promoting their project, and according to what was said about the purchase of Level 5, starting in 2025, we will see cars that are ready to be sold.
When it comes to what level, we will see.
Get ready for Level 3 before 2030.
Both the Toyota and Volkswagen projects appear to be very promising, but they do not lend themselves to engaging in significant ethical or technological discussions.
On the other hand, the transition to level 4 at the general and sales levels will take more time, and exact dates are difficult to pinpoint.
Another issue that may arise is the cost: considering that we are discussing automobiles with a high technological load and an entire operating system, it is safe to assume that the initial models will be pretty pricey.
We must wait here and watch the world advance (and, in the meantime, we can drive).
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