DRIVERLESS / AUTONOMOUS CARS!

AUTONOMOUS/ DRIVERLESS VEHICLES.

DEFINITION:
“AN AUTONOMOUS CAR / ROBOTIC CAR / DRIVERLESS CAR / SELF-DRIVING CAR; IS AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CAPABLE OF FULFILLING THE HUMAN TRANSPORTATION CAPABILITIES OF A TRADITIONAL CAR… USING RADAR, LIDAR, GPS AND COMPUTER VISION” –WIKIPEDIA
THIS JUST SIMPLY MEANS; A CAR THAT DOES WHAT A DRIVER DOES IN A REGULAR CAR ALL BY ITSELF… STEERING, ACCELERATING, BRAKING, ETC

TYPES OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES:
-JET LINERS; WITH AUTO-PILOT
-AUTOMATED UNDER-WATER VEHICLES
-TRAINS / TRAMS
-UNMANNED SPACE CRAFTS
-RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
-AUTONOMOUS CARS

THE FIRST DRIVERLESS CAR WAS MADE BY ‘NORMAN BEL GEDDES’ IN 1939. AND IT WAS CALLED THE FUTURAMA AND IT WAS CONTROLLED BY A RADIO.

ADVANTAGES:
-FEWER TRAFFIC COLLISIONS: WITH THE AID OF IMPACT SENSORS, COLLISIONS WILL BE REDUCED.
-FEWER TRAFFIC CONGESTIONS: WITH THE AID OF NAVIGATION SYSTEMS, THE CAR CAN DETECT A BOTTLE NECK/TRAFFIC JAM AHEAD AND TAKE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.
-DRIVERS CAN RELAX WHEN FATIGUED: WHEN A DRIVER IS TIRED/SLEEPY, HE CAN TOTALLY RELAX/SLEEP AND ALLOW THE CAR DO THE REST.
-HIGHER SPEED LIMITS: WITH THE PROBABILITY OF ACCIDENTS REDUCED, THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE ROAD COULD BE INCREASED, FOR FASTER TRIPS.
-MULTI TASKING: SINCE THE CAR CAN PRACTICALLY DRIVE ITSELF; YOU CAN HAVE BREAKFAST, READ THE PAPERS AND UPDATE YOUR FACEBOOK STATUS ON YOUR WAY TO WORK… THERE ARE NO BOUNDS TO THE AVAILABLE THINGS YOU CAN DO, WHILE YOUR CAR DRIVES YOU!
REMOVAL OF SOCIAL/PHYSICAL BARRIERS: BARRIERS LIKE AGE LIMITS FOR DRIVERS OR PHYSICAL CHALLENGES (E.G. BLINDNESS) WILL NO LONGER EXIST.
-REDUCTION IN THE NEED OF TRAFFIC WARDENS: WITH FEWER OCCURRENCES OF ACCIDENTS AND ORDER ON THE ROADS, THE NEED FOR TRAFFIC OFFICERS WILL BE REDUCED.
-SPECIAL DUTIES: HEARSES, AMBULANCES, SCHOOL BUSES, PUBLIC TRANSPORT, ELECTION/CAMPAIGN VEHICLES…
-FUEL EFFICIENCY: WITH THE REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC JAMS AND UNDUE STOPOVERS, CARS WILL NOW BURN LESS FUEL.
-LESS CROWDED PARKING LOTS: THIS IS AN INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT… FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE A MEETING TO ATTEND; MY CAR WILL TAKE ME TO THE VENUE, DROP ME OFF, AND COME BACK LATER TO PICK ME. AMAZING.

PRESENT DAY SEMI-AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY:
-CRUISE CONTROL
-SEMI AUTONOMOUS CARS; 2013 S-CLASS
-PARK ASSIST TECHNOLOGY
-REVERSE SENSORS/CAMERAS
-IMPACT SENSORS
-NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

FUTURE PROSPESCTS:
– 3 STATES IN THE U.S (NEVADA, FLORIDA AND CALIFORNIA) HAVE ALREADY SIGNED LAWS TO PERMIT THE USE OF DRIVER-LESS CARS ON THEIR ROADS: SO PEOPLE ARE ALREADY WELCOMING THE IDEA…
-LEXUS: DEVISED THE ‘INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM’
-AUDI: TEAMED UP WITH STANFORD UNIVERSITY TO BUILD THE ‘AUDI TTS’
-OTHER COMPANIES WORKING ON SIMILAR PROJECTS; BMW, GM, NISSAN, TOYOTA

BY THE YEAR 2020, IT IS PROJECTED THAT AUTONOMOUS CARS WILL BECOME COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE AND BE THE ‘IN-THING’ ON OUR ROADS… ARE YOU READY???

(Transcript of the presentation made on 23/01/13 @ tHub, Ibadan, Nigeria).

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