Autonomous Cars – How far are we from the revolution?
Autonomous cars will shape the future of our cities – best to get on the right trackway early. Are you afraid? Nothing to fear.
From ushering in an era of less car ownership to narrowing of streets to space crunch in the parking lot, autonomous vehicles have promised to dramatically shape the cities.
How would you like to watch a movie, take a quick nap or catch up on emails during your morning commute? If autonomous cars continues to grow at this rate, this scenario will become reality soon.
In recent times, all major car makers are investing in autonomous vehicle technology and as per a renowned American Biweekly Business Magazine there are thousands of startups determined to distort the car industry through Autonomous Cars.
The technology is already in place and in several forms, but there is still some way to go before we have cities full of driverless cars.
How does Autonomous Cars work?
The Autonomous cars use C-ITS (Connected Intelligent Transport Systems) to detect their overall surroundings and also to drive without any human input.
The first level is Driver Assistance. The Car technology automates some of the tasks like acceleration or steering adjustments without any human intervention whereas, everything else is entirely under human control.
The second level is Partial Automation. The car automates some of the security actions such as active collision avoidance, advanced platform of cruise control and lane centering but, the driver will have to be alert at the wheels.
The third level is Conditional Automation. The car will drive for a long period of timeframe in certain conditions. But, the driver will have to take up the control of the wheels when it is prompted by the car.
The fourth level is High Automation. Almost all the time the car will drive on its own without any human input. But, in certain geographical or weather conditions it might happen that the human driver will have to take the onus of the wheels.
The fifth level is complete automation. In all conditions the car is well equipped & full automated. A steering wheel or pedals is not required. Even it can cover the distance between places without a human driver or passengers.
In years to come, self driving cars or autonomous cars would diminish human drivers with no driving ability to use a car safely. Some from the industry are even hopeful about the fact that insurance would also turn out to be much cost effective with self driving cars.
Self Driving Cars would be less Polluted & Cleaner
The other advantages of self driving cars would be noise free & less polluted urban sectors. Also, it’s seen that these autonomous vehicles also have potentiality in reducing the commute times if they are utilized in conjunction with some of the underground tunnels or if they are built into the ride-sharing system.
Also, these cars would reduce a lot of parking crunch as they would cleverly park the vehicle out of the cities when it is not utilized.
Autonomous cars would also reduce road accidents as mishaps caused due to drunk drivers or some influence of drugs would not take place.
Among many, LeaseCar UK is one who has devoted a considerable amount of time thinking on how this autonomous driving would change the scenario of race-car driving. In years, the supercar will look expensive, flashy & would travel fast.It would be an all-electric, three seater triangle formation supercar. The car would not require a dashboard too. Even the driver would feel more connected to the road as the windshield would extend above the hood.
So, without waiting, let’s bring in the innovation to revolutionalise the way we travel now through – Autonomous Cars.