Autonomous cars are being boasted as the next step in the evolution of the auto industry, with most experts and analysts expecting wide adoption in the next two decades.
Automakers and even giant technology corporations – such as Google and reportedly even Apple – are rushing to win the race of introducing the first commercially-viable self-driving cars. There are studies, research and counter-studies done for every aspect of the issue – most of them concluding that taking the human factor out of the driving equation will yield massive benefits in terms of safety and traffic gridlock reduction. There are also numerous studies that polled regular people – with the vast majority being in favor of paying for the advanced autonomous features that would allow them to sit idle and let the vehicle they’re in complete the journey on its own. But how will we get there?
Well, the first steps have already been taken. Today there are numerous semi-autonomous advanced features that can assist the driver – from automated cruise control to systems that can do the work for the driver when a gridlock is reached. The second major stage – with most forecasters putting it around five to ten years from now will be the so-called V2X sector – meaning vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication. The step will fill numerous gaps the systems will then use to achieve – when combined with the stage one features – almost driverless car navigation. The third stage would be to combine all these together, maybe complete with high resolution on-the go mapping – allowing the autonomous vehicles to drive around the streets and one day (maybe) roam them alone.