Earlier this year, the manufacturers of the Smart Self-driven car technology announced that these cars would be put to test in real life scenarios. The test ground, chosen for the autonomous self-driven cars, was the Palo Alto, California.
However the successful launch of the highly anticipated autonomous cars was shortly marred by a series of unfortunate accidents. The rumors and news of the reported accidents have raised a genuine public concern regarding the reliability of this technology whereby quite a few people have been questioning the timing of the test drives in real life scenarios.
Thus far, the manufacturers have not addressed the rising public concerns in detail. However after the recent incident of a near collision between twoautonomous cars of different self-driven cars manufacturers, the public confidence in this technology has plummeted even further which prompted a response from one of the directors of the self-driven or autonomous car project.
The incident in question occurred as one of the self-driven cars tried to cut off another car during the lane change test. The director has rejected the public concerns saying that the cars were completely safe given that of all the reported minor accidents, none had occurred due to the fault of the autonomous car.
Though the self-driven cars have been designed to operate without a brake or steering wheel, the manufacturers have added the feature of removable brake and steering wheel to convert an autonomous car to a conventional man-driven car, if the need may arise.
The autonomous car manufacturing companies maintain their position that none of the accidents occurred due to the fault with the autonomous system. All the accidents have been attributed to manual driving state and/or a man had been blamed for the fault.
Despite repeated assurances of the autonomous car technology proponents, the public response has largely been skeptical which indicates flailing trust in the technology. In order to make this technology a success, following obstacles need to be overcome.
As with all other innovative technologies, the autonomous cars are heavily dependent on the software. The difficulties with the design of reliable software include the long period of operation. Thus far, nosoftware has been designed for any device, smart or conventional, which did not run into a bug or encountered stalling problems over time.
2. Precise Maps
In order for its operation to be successful, the self-driven must precisely be able to see every nook and corner of the streets and roads it is driving on. This implies that precise map designing at a massive scale would have to be initiated so as to make this technology a global phenomenon.
3. Enhanced Sensors
While the human mind is remarkably efficient at recognizing a danger and evaluatinga quick response to it, the sensors of a self-driven car lack in this area. In order to initiate this technology at a massive scale, the autonomous cars must be equipped with better sensors which should be capable of emulating human decision and evaluation process as close as possible.
The future of autonomous car technology is subject to quite a number of obstacles. However, if the obstacles are removed, the future of this technology seems promising.