Driverless Cars, Flying Cars and the future of Transportation

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The future never looks exactly how we imagined a decade ago. Efficient and reliable vehicles came into existence a century ago, but no one dreamed of a driverless car. For the automobile industry, one of the biggest innovations of the century is flying cars and self-driven cars. Recently, Aeromobil has introduced a flying car version 3.0, that allows a driver to land and take flight at any airport of the world. The vehicle has the functionality to do whatever a traditional vehicle can do.

Google introduced its driverless car back in 2007 and continue to bring more innovation to make their driverless cars safer and reliable.  So now the automobile industry is heading towards flying and driverless cars.

What are autonomous cars?

An autonomous car is also known as the self-driving car, robotic car and drive less vehicle. An autonomous car has the ability to perform all functions related to everyday driving like parking, commuting and most importantly driving. These cars sense the environment and reaching to its destination without any human interface.

How Driverless Cars Work?

Autonomous cars are equipped with advanced and latest technologies. These include; GPS, LIDAR, and radar, Computer vision. Cameras and sensor collect speed data from different objects like road and cars, the data then entered into a control module.

The module comes up with different advanced software. The software calculates the information from sensors and cameras and executes various commands like steering motor, system pump, and breaking system.

The data collected from sensors will be stored on a cloud and will be frequently updated. With the help of this efficient technology, a user can send a message to the car through smartphone and the car will pick you up from your current destination. The technology looks safer and more efficient than the traditional cars.

The National Highway Traffic safety administration (NHTSA) defined some classifications of autonomous cars which are as follows;

Level 0: At this level, the driver will have complete control of the vehicle. The driver may switch to autonomous mode level 1,2 and 3.

Level 1:  At this level, only individual controls are automated, for example; the steering system will detect the need of turns on the road.

Level 2: This level is similar to level 1, in this level the driver can choose two controls that can be automated in unison. If a driver wants to opt adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping system, the driver simply needs to switch to level 2.

Level3: At this level, the driver enjoys the ride by letting go the steering, breaks, clutch and accelerator.

Benefits of Driveless car

We have seen in the above section that what autonomous cars are capable of achieving. Like any other technology, driverless car has its own benefits. Other than comfort and convenience there are some other potential benefits these include;

Reduced RUNNING AND maintenance and cost

Autonomous cars are based on computerized brain. Therefore, monitoring the vehicle health problems would not be an issue. The technology will be efficient enough to identify and detect brake, engine, clutch or any other problem. Moreover, it allows for optimal vehicle operating parameters, which reduces fuel costs.

Highly effIcient and controllable performance

The technology used in autonomous cars allows the drivers to adjust speed which increases the fuel efficiency. Moreover, it provides Just in time scheduling for pickup and delivery which reduces the downtime of vehicle.

Overall Safety

In comparison with human drivers, Autonomous care will have increased reliability and a faster reaction time. Autonomous technology will be able to monitor important data like distance, speed, time and location. It results in as a much more comfortable, safer and smoother drive.

How Safe is the technology?

One of the most important questions, Can a vehicle with no hand will be safer? Yes, it will. Negligence of the drivers caused 92% of the crashes According to the statistics of NHTSA.  Keeping drivers away from the driving seat will definitely minimize these numbers.

 

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