In the last two decades, we have seen some breathtaking inventions but none is as amazing and awe inspiring as driverless cars. Truly a tech marvel in the truest sense, the concept of driverless cars is set to revolutionize the whole world with its inspiringly unique features and the ability to ply on the roads without a human driver in tow.
Driving autonomously is an innately complex task that cannot be performed without exquisite, uniquely designed features that can handle the car safely, without compromising on performance. Humans are the most intelligent creatures in the known universe and to replace their capabilities, we need something equally extraordinarily special. The driverless car is exactly that, extraordinarily special, with features that, working cohesively, cannot just drive a car like humans can, but do it even more safely.
Now that’s something that you definitely need to know more about.
Here are some of the most amazing features that drive these cars forward, literally!
Listening and Reacted to Specialized Sounds:
Driving is a comprehensive undertaking which involves many of driver’s senses working in tandem to allow the car to be safely driven on the road. One of the most complex and hardest to emulate senses among these is the sense to hear and understand sounds and driverless cars can do that equally well. Waymo, Google’s self-driving arm, just put forward a magnanimous display of this very capability in one of its recent tests. It was “teaching” its autonomous cars to learn to understand, react and give way to emergency and law enforcement vehicles, in an unprecedented display of the capabilities of the driverless cars.
To be highly efficient in maneuverability and control, driverless cars need to have a full perspective on all the sides of the car. Driverless cars nowadays are coming with fully automated 360-degree camera systems that can manage to give excellent feedback regarding other surrounding cars and trucks, near the car to make it easier for the onboard system to navigate and drive the car forward in a safe way.
Recognizing different objects as they are:
Not everything on the road looks similar. There can be humans walking by as pedestrians, dogs playing the street corner, unheralded stones lying on the road among others, and recognizing each one accurately and then taking necessary action, not just to protect the car, but also the living things in front of it is no easy feat.
Machine learning has allowed these driverless cars to be exemplarily capable of doing exactly that, by amassing a massive data base of all things that can be found on a normal or even an extreme road setting, and then learning to react accurately according to the situation. Extensive tests are being run by major companies developing this technology to hone this feature towards perfection.
It’s common knowledge that reducing aerodynamic drag can help immensely in saving a whole lot more fuel, but even our aero dynamic designs have reached their threshold in the amount of aerodynamic drag they can neutralize.
Enter driverless cars, and this fact can be soon translated into something tangible advantageous. Platooning is a concept in which cars can tail behind one another to reduce aerodynamic drag for the vehicles in the middle of the pack to a wide extent and save fuel.
Driverless cars can easily tow behind one another and maintain a certain distance because of their supreme coordination and communication prowess that will allow different cars in a single platoon to act as one. This feature will be the most beneficial for Driverless trucks, who travel for extremely long distances, and could save up a hefty amount through fuel efficiency.
The features of driverless cars are, even now, highly impressive, but they need to be much more advanced if they are to make it safely and economically on to roads and into public use on a wider scale and there are many manufacturers, tech firms, and even some governments, who are pushing the envelope towards trailblazing this lucrative path and trying to be the first one to bring commercially viable autonomous cars on to roads within the next decade.