Vehicles without a driver – on several roads you can meet them even today.
Not only in American Arizona, where there are autonomous cars tested by most companies that want to bring them to regular traffic as quickly as possible but there are already special self-driving minibuses in the premises of Berlin’s largest hospital.
The problem is that vehicles without a driver are still far from flawless, as shown by the recent tragic accident of such a car from Uber company. Now, Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has confirmed that the vehicle that killed the driver last week in California was driven by an autopilot at the time of the accident. Technically, there is still space for improvement, but the legislation is not ready for cars without a driver at all, experts say.
The sector is changing, even cars will be shared
At the same time Vaněk believes that due to the new phenomenon of self-driving cars, there will be a significant change in their ownership when it will no longer make sense for a significant group of people to own the car and they will prefer to rent it.
‘The car itself will arrive, go to services and so on. This will reduce the number of cars in cities, with some simulations showing that only about twenty percent of cars are needed to cover peak traffic, ‘ Vanek says.
However, according to Vaněk, the sales mechanism of cars will also change significantly. Automobiles will have to respond to this by changing the business model – they will also protect the operation and maintenance of autonomous cars.
Even in the context of these mentioned accidents, current systems using cameras, radar detectors and ultrasonic sensors will also need to be improved, and this way they will map the situation in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle. “Nevertheless, the tested systems which are being prepared for the traffic operation include even so-called LIDAR laser detector. This allows accurate mapping of all objects in the near and distant surroundings of the vehicle, “says Rutrle.
The key role is played by artificial intelligence that processes the signals from individual sensors.”Today, it is usually limited to just one vehicle, but in real mass use vehicles will have to communicate with each other, possibly with so-called clever road infrastructure,” adds the director of Komix.
And it also follows the market in the direction in which these functions will be gradually equipped with all the cars and the individual functionalities will be purchased as services. “The idea, when we want to go on holiday, we will buy, for example, TSR, Traffic Sign Recognition for this period of time,” Rutrle says. It is a system that recognizes traffic signs on the road, such as a certain speed limit. “Or I’ll just buy the heating for the winter season,” he adds one of other options.
According to experts, there will also be merging of smart car functionalities with common activities. According to experts, there will also be merging of smart car functionalities with common activities. In addition, it will also be necessary to open a car entertainment platform for third parties, ie for application makers.
“Because these features are often dependent on user interactions, there will come to a strong integration with DSR (Digital Speech Recognition) when it is all about managing everything with voice,” Rutrle adds.