Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving Cars

For many individuals in the United States, driving to and from work every day can represent a massively time-consuming task. It is not uncommon for many individuals to have to travel as much as one hundred miles to get to their place of employment, which typically results in them covering two hundred miles every day. In addition, many workers who happen to work in some of the busiest metropolitan areas of the country, will also have to factor in the time spent in traffic, with such places as New York City and Los Angeles being known around the world for their snail's pace rush hour traffic as they are for their skylines. Ultimately, these traffic jams can often result in a substantial addition to the time one already has to spend behind the wheel moving at a regular speed, and a two hundred mile daily trip can often require more than fours hours of careful attention. However, one of the recent advancements of technology is aimed at significantly reducing the attention required to drive one's automobile, and has shown potential in actually increasing the movement of traffic even during the times of rush hour.

This idea of a driverless car can be found in many science-fiction novels and movies of the past, but the recent examples of the technology has shown it to be completely achievable in the near future. In fact, the technological requirements are no longer viewed as particularly challenging, and the vast majority of time currently spent on the technology is being aimed at ensuring its safety on the road. Most prototypes of wireless cars implement a set of invisible sensors - typically based on infrared electromagnetic radiation - to formulate a three-dimensional picture of the area. The generated image is meant to allow the vehicle to ascertain the distance between various objects in its path, as well as find the proper speed needed to safely maneuver around them. In addition, the three-dimensional model is needed to continuously updated in real-time, to ensure that such driverless vehicle can change its speed and direction if any new object, such as a fast moving pedestrian or bicycle rider, happens to find himself or herself in the vehicle's path. Furthermore, such vehicle must also be considerate of other vehicles on the road, and know how to properly respond without any of their automated actions posing a danger to other drivers.

One of the best examples of future driverless cars is certainly the recently-unveiled Audi, which has shown to be fully capable of driverless operation that includes finding a parking space in a parking garage and self-parking, and later starting and moving on its own in order to pick up its owner from in front of a convenience store. Also, this type of driverless cars also requires multiple sensors to be built into the environment, in order for the vehicle to be able to accurately develop the three-dimensional model of the area. However, several areas in the United States are already interested in converting their roads and equipping them with various sensors used by future driverless cars

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