An autonomous car will feature a 360-degree vehicle monitoring system with an evolving Safety Shield, leaving the car monitored at all angles. The vehicles will feature two of the current released technologies.
Automatic lane centering and cruise control. Automatic freeway exiting, lane changes, stopping at red lights, and overtaking a slow or stopped vehicle will be new features on these vehicles. All of that will be implemented without driver involvement for these features to be activated. The all-around sensors will also warn the driver of any surrounding hazards so that the driver can react.
Also these vehicles could monitor incoming traffic while turning and overtaking, and side distance control (the latter works to avoid obstacles and steer away to avoid potential collisions). The technology also merges the car away from blocked roads and safely merges the vehicle into another lane, even if there is incoming traffic. In addition, these cars can also monitor against possible theft and can park themselves when prompted to do so. Just a few remarkable things on the already semi-long list of ‘tricks’ these vehicles can perform and it only promises to continue to get better.
So far, these vehicles have successfully (and safely) driven around a parked car, and entered to intersections during a lapse in traffic. This technology which consists of lasers scanners, cameras, advanced artificial intelligence and actuators which further extends the Safety Shield, helps implement real world scenarios so that the situations may be monitored and the car will be “taught” properly how to react. The cars need to react in the same way that a human driver would since these vehicles will be placed on the road with other human drivers, who may or may not be driving an autonomous vehicle.
Although the technology of these cars has advanced, there’s still a lot that needs to be done to ensure these cars will be safe on the road when they come to market at a dealer near in 2020. Advancements will include the ability to react to traffic lights and road signs, preventing the car from lane departure, and braking safely in traffic. The technology will also have to be advanced enough to differentiate between what is a hazard and what necessarily isn’t, to prevent any mishaps that could only potentially put the driver or other vehicles in danger. But Motor Chief Executive is confident they can get the technology to where it needs to be by the end of the decade.