Traffic woes are not something new to anyone who has ever commuted via. roads. Needless to say, after a long day at work you don’t want to be bothered by these listless honking and other hassles. A safe free ride without any tension is what we all desire. Well the concept of Self Driving / Driver Less Cars are not something new, but in this post we take a look at a couple of things that would be handy if you’re looking to maximize the autonomous capabilities of your next car.
Make sure it has some or all of the features on our list 🙂
1. Cruise Control
Perhaps one of the most common feature on our list. Adaptive cruise control is not something new to most of us. It has been available on some vehicles, in varying forms – for over a decade. Improving upon the first autonomous driving feature ever (cruise control), adaptive cruise control can adjust your vehicle’s speed based on the speed of cars on the road in front you. In many cases, it can even set and maintain a desired following distance. And while some adaptive cruise control systems require vehicles to be traveling at a certain speed before they’ll kick in, the best systems can bring a car to a complete stop and get it started again once traffic in front begins moving.
2. Automatic Collision Braking
Automatic forward-collision braking is perhaps the most rapidly happening feature on our list. While it was considered as an unusual feature until a few years back, it’s now offered in an enormous range of cars, including some compact and subcompact models with highly affordable price tags. So, how does it work? Although the braking systems vary from automaker to automaker, the most advanced collision systems detect an explicit frontal collision, alert the driver to a possible accident ahead and quickly apply the brakes in order to ensure the car stops in time. Don’t be fooled by forward-collision “warning” systems: Drivers who want the most autonomous technology possible will want a system that automatically applies the brakes.
3. Automatic Parking
Automatic parking is the latest exciting self-driving feature to find its way into a wide range of vehicles. Like other technologies on this list, the actual workings of automatic parking systems vary from model to model and automaker to automaker, but the general gist is that these systems can decide whether a vehicle is large enough to fit in a certain parking spot and then automatically steer the car into the spot. While some versions only control the steering and require drivers to work the brake and gas pedals, other systems do it all for you — and some even work in perpendicular parking spots, in addition to parallel ones.
Tesla’s Autopilot system is possibly the most advanced autonomous system on the market today. While many automakers are focusing on making sure vehicles remain in their lanes, avoid collisions or slow down and speed up based on traffic. Tesla has put together every piece of the puzzle in the best and most useful way possible. The result is near-full autonomous driving — though the system won’t work in some conditions, and Tesla reminds drivers to always keep their hands on the wheel. Still, Tesla’s Autopilot system is as close to autonomous driving as you’re going to get for the time being.
5. Lane-Keep Assist
More and more automakers are rolling out lane-keep assist, a new feature that builds on lane-departure warning systems in older models. While lane-departure warning would sound an alert or flash a light to let you know you’re drifting from your lane (if you’re distracted, for example), lane-keep assist will automatically steer you back into your lane should you start to drift out. While there are a few limitations to lane-keep assist systems — they won’t work if lane lines aren’t easily visible, for example — the technology is an excellent example of increasing autonomous technology in modern vehicles.
Quiet a fascinating tech isn’t it? Now if you ever wondered what this feature was even, then here’s something for you Road-sign recognition is a tool that automatically views signs on the side of the road and relays that information to the driver. If you have ever wondered what the speed limit is as you drive down the road, fret no more! A car with a good sign-recognition tool will automatically capture the speed limit and display it for you, so you never have to wonder again.
7. Steering Assist
Several high-end luxury cars — like the BMW 7 Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Volvo S90 — offer full steering-assist systems in addition to more common autonomous technologies like lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. While steering-assist systems from these more traditional luxury brands aren’t as comprehensive as Tesla’s Autopilot system, and they usually only last a few seconds or a minute before handing control back to the driver, the idea is similar: The car uses all of its sensors and cameras to steer for itself for a certain period of time. While this feature is currently only offered on top-level luxury cars, we suspect it’ll trickle down to lesser models in the next few years.
Although there are major concerns in the market with the susceptibility of these models and systems, the trend is soon catching up and more or less within a decade we will witness one of the most unique and efficient systems the automobile industry has ever seen. Hope we broadened your knowledge on Self Drive / Driver less Cars.
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