Individuals who grew up in the 70s, 80s and 90s probably had at least one writing journal assignment throughout their lives that made them think about the future. And it seems like every child wrote about flying or self-driving cars. The concept of a self-driving car is no longer just part of a journal entry; today it’s a reality.
About Self-Driving Cars
A self-driving car, also referred to as an autonomous car, is a vehicle that does all the work of driving. The car senses the environment around itself, which gives the driver the ability to talk on the cell phone, relax or accomplish other tasks. As of 2017, no completely autonomous cars have been permitted on the roads, and all self-driving cars must have a human being behind the wheel to take over at driving in the event of a malfunction.
Autonomous cars utilize several systems that function together, so the car is able to drive on its own. It has a laser light, GPS, odometer, computer vision, computer vision and other advanced systems that allow it to detect obstacles, signal and navigate in the proper direction. This particular technology has been in the making since the 1920s; however, it wasn’t until the 1980s when Carnegie Mellon University developed the first truly autonomous car. Today, technology is much more advanced.
Future of Self-Driving Automobiles
Uber has self-driving cars on the road–and so does Google in Phoenix–but people aren’t actually able to purchase a self-driving car as of now. The technology is still new and has yet to be perfected. However, it won’t be long before self-driving cars become available to the general public, at least those who can afford it.
For those looking for something beyond the “basic,” Mercedes-Benz designed the F 015, not to be confused with the F150. The F 015 is a luxury car that utilizes self-driving technology. As of now, a few kinks in it remain, but Mercedes Benz will be diligently working on tinkering with this vehicles until it’s able to ride down without the need for the driver. Mercedes’ vehicle is very temperamental to heat and cold as of now. The touchscreen is a bit fidgety as of yet. Not to mention, the automobile’s engine sounds weird. Mercedes will work these problems out, and this company just might win the title for the “first self-driving, luxury car.”
After Mercedes-Benz, we wonder what other luxury and exotic car brands will follow suit. We can see Maybach, Bentley and Rolls-Royce developing their own autonomous cars, but we can’t see companies like Ferrari developing self-driving cars since most of the fun of owning an exotic sports car is actually getting to drive it.