What autonomous cars can do now ?

Some people may be doubting about the technical aspect of the autonomous vehicle and we need to wait decades to see the real autonomous vehicle on the road. Today I will show you something which may change your ideas.

The first truth is volvo SATRE road train project. It’s a vehicle following technology in fact.

It’s true that autonomous driving in high-way is easier to implement. But the autonomous vehicle technology is more than that.

The second truth is about the Google car.According to New York Times (1), “seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.” Impressive, right ?!

Apart from google car, many other companies are doing research on the autonomous vehicles.Like Benz, BMW,Nissan,etc

This is a a video about new Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive Autonomous Car Self-Driving Frankfurt Motor Show.

Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars, has announced that “it will start selling a self-driving car by 2020.”(2)

Also a link to the autonomous car of Nissan

So I believe, the autonomous vehicle will be OK in the technology view. You will soon see them on the market soon.


(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/science/10google.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss&




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2 responses to “What autonomous cars can do now ?

  1. So, the technology will be there by 2020. But will people be ready?

    I’m in Turin, Italy, right now. They have a modern subway system (which isn’t finished, but in use already… Italians…) that doesn’t require the need for a driver. As an engineer, I was curious but confident (the system was made by Siemens, not Italians). The front of the subway is just a window, with a nice view of a modern, well-lit underground.

    However, when I pointed out to some friends that the train was being driven by machines, and not humans, they had a panicked look. That panicked look took some time to go away…

    Now compare cars to subways. The subway is a closed structure, easy to monitor. Cars have so many axis of freedom… it’s a big challenge to make everything work together. And people know that.

    So, my question is… Will people accept them by 2020?

    • Thank you for this reply! Really a good question for us. To explain that, I think I will make another post for this issue. Really thank you for your inspiration. I will try to finish that post on Friday. Thank you for you suggestion again.

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