A driverless car is also known as an autonomous or robotic car, as the name suggests, it does not have to be controlled by a human driver. This car seems like something out of a science fiction movie. Scientists and engineers have worked extensively on the concept of driverless cars in order to transform them from science fiction into science fact.
The driverless cars technology involves a sensory mechanism or system that can analyze its environment and determine what it should do. This sensory mechanism involves the application of GPS, radar, computer vision or lidar; some of these vehicles may also have a combination of all these components. The driverless cars technology has also been modified to include controls that are advanced enough to be able to understand sensory information; this information is then interpreted to create navigation paths that the vehicle should take. This decision making ability is what is truly fascinating about the driverless cars technology. The driverless cars technology has a memory that has many maps stored in it, these vehicles use a sensor input to update maps; this is what enables the cars to monitor their position when they enter territories that they are not familiar. Engineers have been working on creating the perfect driverless cars technology system since the early 1990’s, and have only recently managed to perfect it, initially it was a matter of developing and optimizing the sensors and placing these sensors in the right so as to able it to pick up information and use interpret it. The more recent changes made to driverless cars technology is anti lock brakes which require a driver to function. If a vehicle does not have this system, the wheels will lock up and can cause the car to skid uncontrollably when the brakes are pressed. In traditional cars, the driver will have to manually press the brakes to prevent wheels from locking, but anti lock brakes do this function for the driver. This whole entire system has also been added to the already complex systems that are found in driverless cars technology.
There in plenty of debate surrounding the driverless cars future, the main question being –‘will it work?’ some people believe that certain jobs will become obsolete, for example, you will not be able to take an automated car to a traditional maintenance shop for repairs as the system that runs the car will be completely different. Many people believe that the driverless cars future holds a lot in store for the world. The main benefit is that you won’t have to pay attention to your driving; driving laws in most countries don’t allow you to text while driving-in fact you can’t do anything that will distract you. A driverless car will make long drives bearable. Public transport will also be automated, so you won’t have to miss work if the transport system is down for some reason. Less congestion will be another thing we can look forward to in a driverless cars future, simply because the driverless car will be much better at driving and speed won’t be as important because we will be doing other things while we are commuting. Being able to do other things other than driving is one thing that most can look forward to in a driverless cars future, especially very long commutes. A driverless cars future will also make parking easier; imagine all things that you could do instead of driving around looking for an empty spot to park! Three is also a possibility that traffic lights will no longer exist as the car sensors will control traffic flow. This system will work when all driverless cars are interconnected to a main infrastructure. Another thing that one can look forward to in a driverless cars future is that driver errors will become obsolete, so things like tickets, minor accidents, speeding won’t exist as the cars will be smart enough to monitor these things.