Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming Soon. The Future is Now.
Autonomous driving seeks to eliminate the risks of human error while driving. We will become the variable on the roads. Almost 90 percent of road collisions are caused by human error, according to Stanford Law School. And road injury is the 8th leading cause of death in the world. These problems will be solved but will be replaced with a large job problem.
Six Levels of Automation
Level 0 – No Automation.
Level 1 – Driver Assistance. Acceleration, braking and steering features, but still require a driver.
Level 2 – Partial Automation. Where a vehicle would stay in its lane and following a car in front of them, but this still requires a driver.
Level 3 – Conditional Automation: These vehicles are responsible for full environmental monitoring. Again, this type of automation requires a co-pilot.
Level 4 – High Automation. This level of automation removes the conditional limitations of the previous level; the driver no longer needs to keep an eye on the road. The manufacturer is responsible because a driver is optional to control.
Level 5 – Full Automation. Lastly, these vehicles are capable of being driverless. This level of automation will be responsible for driving in all conditions without the need for a human driver.
Today We Are At Level 1 and 2
Drivers have the assistance of sensors that monitor the surroundings of the vehicle and audio and visual alerts. Most cars are now equipped with cruise control, lane departure warnings, parking assistance coupled with emergency braking assistance. Some cars even have complete access to accelerations, brake and steering. There are so many estimates on when self-driving transportation will be perfect. Some say it will be another 40+ years, others say 10 to 15 years.
What is your prediction?