Impact of Automated Driving System

Innovation has gone a long way toward improving people’s lives. It has brought about inventions or processes to better help people. In the case of the car industry, car manufacturers are looking into automating driving. This means that there is less to no human intervention when driving. One of the most important reasons why they are now looking into automating driving is because the majority of traffic accidents are caused by human error.

Consumers are not foreign to robotics or advanced AI’s. We’ve seen it in the movies, we’ve seen it in our homes, we’ve seen it everywhere. And we are about to see it in our automotive industry. In the recent years, several prototypes have been shown as potential vehicles models.

How do this work?

An automated vehicle is equipped with the most comprehensive pieces of equipment’s like GPS system, lasers, camera, sensors and so much more. Vehicles like this are programmed handle driving with little or no intervention at all from a driver. There are 5 types of automation classification:

  1. Driver assistance – The system only supports the driver but not take control.
  2. Semi-automation – The system can take control but the driver still remains responsible for the vehicle.
  3. Conditional automation – The system assumes control and the driver can disengage from periods of time but must be ready to take control of the vehicle.
  4. High automation – The system runs independently and the driver should be available to take control of the vehicle if needed.
  5. Full automation – The system assumes all driving function. Can work in any traffic condition within the city driving restrictions. No driver required.

What does it mean for us?

Car vehicle driving is our major form of transportation. It helps to get to our destination. However, accidents also happen on the road every day. People with disability are restricted in terms of mobility. Having an automated driving system will allow us to:

  1. Avoid car accidents – the system is programmed and abides by traffic rules and regulation. It has the ability to monitor pedestrians crossing the streets. It’s going to make the streets safer for driving.
  2. Elderly and PWDs – these people are in no capacity to drive but they will be in good hands if there is a vehicle that can shuttle them to hospitals or even the mall.
  3. Flexibility – passengers are given more flexibility to do other things aside from waiting on the wheel.
  4. Accuracy – less chance of getting lost, no time is wasted trying to park in tight spaces.

Technology comes with high price and high reward policy. Innovations such as this can save lives, protect people from harm and give them more time to do other stuff than staying behind the wheel. It might take a couple more years before we see vehicles on full automation but at least the ball has rolled. The process towards perfecting this is underway and this technology holds so much potential.


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