Today is about “Driverless Cars” as we continue our journey about “Future Inventions That Could Change Our World” theme. This technology is developing these days in a speed more than anytime before.
Driverless cars (or so-called “Autonomous Cars”) are – as you can conclude from its name – are cars that can move by itself without full control from a human driver. If anyone watched “Minority Report” you will know what we’re talking about.
Actually, it shouldn’t be FULLY automatically controlled. There are five classes of driverless cars. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a formal classification system:
- Level 0: The driver completely controls the vehicle at all times.
- Level 1: Individual vehicle controls are automated, such as electronic stability control or automatic braking.
- Level 2: At least two controls can be automated in unison, such as adaptive cruise control in combination with lane keeping.
- Level 3: The driver can fully cede control of all safety-critical functions in certain conditions. The car senses when conditions require the driver to retake control and provides a “sufficiently comfortable transition time” for the driver to do so.
- Level 4: The vehicle performs all safety-critical functions for the entire trip, with the driver not expected to control the vehicle at any time. As this vehicle would control all functions from start to stop, including all parking functions, it could include unoccupied cars.
Most of the cars manufacturers around the world are working on this technology to be the future of navigation in the world. Corporates like Mercedes, GM, Nissan, Renault, Tesla, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar, Ford and of course the most anticipated one of them all Google Driverless Cars.
Can you imagine a world with no human driving? A world with the least possible number of car accidents? Or maybe none at all? A world that is encouraging us to focus on more important things.