Have you ever imagined a future without traffic accidents? The autonomous cars are those that move without the need of a driver and are becoming an alternative to avoid that problems, such as accidents, occur in the roads.
These developing models, which we can call “automobiles of the future,” are guided by computers that interpret data provided by radars, sensors and satellites to predict what happens in traffic, preventing accidents, optimizing routes, and facilitating the life of the conductor.
Currently, there is no fully autonomous car. Some automotive and technology companies are developing vehicles with autonomous functionalities, however, the great dream and desire of the developers is to reach a copy that does not need the figure of a driver.
Although this achievement has not yet been achieved, the companies involved in the study and development of stand-alone cars are moving towards this technology by improving techniques that increase the independence of vehicles from drivers. American companies are working on a number of possibilities for automation to be complete. The first feature developed was the automatic steering, which assists the human driver with the direction within a lane and allows the vehicle to move at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
The second achievement in the industry was the automatic track change, which helps the driver by moving the car to an adjacent lane when the turn signal is activated and when it is safe to do so. The vehicle’s sensors are designed to ensure that the lane is free of traffic before the car in question moves. The software warns drivers, through a vibration on the steering wheel, when the vehicle understands that changing lanes is necessary and possible.
Finally, the sensors were developed that allow computers to analyze the conditions of the roads. Connecting your device with a GPS also minimizes traffic issues. The intention of the companies is to reduce the number of traffic accidents, in that they control, in addition to speed, the lack of human attention.
The technologies that allow vehicles to become increasingly autonomous have evolved a lot during recent times. In addition to lower risk of accidents, they provide more comfort to the driver, who needs to exercise less physical effort, and may in future use the time of travel to another function, such as rest or work. However, even with companies’ interest in lower costs for the development of these technologies involving the automotive industry, this will certainly not be a popular product. What we have left is to wait for the news and accept that the future is coming.