I’m sure you have all heard something about the development of self-driving cars and that soon enough there will be plenty out driving on the roads. But after not hearing any news on this matter for so long I had to ask myself the question, “Are they really that close?”
I discovered through an article titled “How Do Self-Driving Cars Work?” that self-driving cars can function thanks to three types of technology. First there’s IOT Sensors that are for “blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, radar, camera, LIDAR, and ultrasonic” which all work together to help with the navigation of the vehicle. There’s also IOT Connectivity which allows the cars to use cloud computing for information on traffic, weather, maps, different conditions, as well as adjacent cars and this “helps them monitor their surroundings better and make informed decisions.” The final technology that helps out self-driving cars is Software Algorithms. There is a ton of data that needs to be collected and “analyzed to determine the best course of action.” If this doesn’t work as intended to it can lead to accidents.
The fact that we have this kind of technology to help us develop self-driving cars is amazing but the problem is car makers and technology companies have overestimated just how long it would take them to do so. In an article by The New York Times it is written that, “making autonomous vehicles is going to be harder, slower and costlier than they thought.” The article states that Ford and Volkswagen have recently teamed up to work on this challenge and plan to use autonomous-vehicle technology from Argo AI. Argo’s chief executive and others “attribute the delay to something as obvious as it is stubborn: human behavior.” It can be hard to get the technology just right and the cars “have to navigate unexpected situations every day.” With radars and cameras it’s easy for the cars to detect the different objects around them on the street, but “the hard part is anticipating what they’re going to do next.”
Even with all the advanced technology that has already been developed to help create these self-driving cars, there’s still not enough. There’s more that’s needed to help make the car drive perfectly on it’s own and this includes “software that can reliably anticipate what other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are going to do.” The CEO of May Mobility, which operates autonomous shuttles said that “she believed it would take years and perhaps even a decade or more to develop driverless cars that could travel anywhere, any time.”
At the beginning of this “game” there was “this incredible optimism” and a huge rush to try to make this realistic dream a reality. However, the truth of the matter is that it’s just a bit farther out of reach than we all believed it to be.
“How Do Self-Driving Cars Work?”
“Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’ ”