Cars without Drivers Is the Next Big Thing in Driving
The first people to drive cars were no doubt a little concerned when they could not just tell the jalopy to “whoa” as they were used to doing with horses. Now we are faced with the possibility that we will be riding in cars that we don’t have to actually steer. It is kind of the same idea, but now it’s at 70 miles per hour or faster, and the stakes may be higher.
Still automation is continuing in the automobile industry. Automated robotic welding solutions are continually being perfected in automotive manufacturing plants, and the idea of driverless car technology is being developed in testing areas of several car companies, as well as computer companies.
Technology has come a long way over the years. Automated welding has no doubt made cars more stable and maybe even less expensive. In the meantime driverless cars seem to be on the way. Ford says it will have cars available for everyone that will drive themselves by 2025, and that they will have cars that drive themselves along predetermined routes within five years.
The going on predetermined routes is called “level 4” technology, and it is a further step to get to “level 5” which would allow you to go anywhere in a driverless car. Some of the technology that will make this happen is available now on cars, and is part of the overall technological development of the automobile. Here are five ways technology is available now to help you drive, and park, your car:
- Rear view backup cameras. These have been around a few years, and allow you to see what is behind and around your car. It is a great thing for moving in tight spaces, and avoiding some accidents. The newest version gives you even more angles to see outside your vehicle.
- Augmented reality owner’s manual. Owners manuals in electronic form are also not new, but one being introduced in 2017 will pull up advanced information on about any aspect of your car you might need information on. It is specific to your car too, so you can almost be your own technician as far as figuring out what is going on. It also comes in handy if you can’t figure out how to change the radio station.
- Automatic braking. This is a new thing, and a big part of what driverless auto technology will be. This uses sensors to automatically brake your car when you are about to hit something. This is great for tight spaces, or if you are just misjudging a parking space.
- Lane shift protection. This development corrects your steering if you are veering out of your traffic lane, and could help avoid accidents. This is driverless technology at its best, but at present works for just a few seconds at a time.
- Self parking. Another example on the road to no driver. Some cars now come with technology that allows the car to parallel park itself. This uses cameras, sensors and automatic steering technology.