LAS432 |COURSE PROJECT-TEAM F | APRIL 18, 2013The Autonomous CarTeam F:Keeshia WhitesideKyle McKayJonathan ZipkinRasche RollinsShawna Robinson
Imagine yourself taking a trip in a car on avacation, commute to work, or even down thestreet to the local grocery store. Today, thanks tothe latest technologies and innovations, thosesame trips are possible with autonomous cars.
TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLESUCH AS BOSS INCLUDE THE CAPABILITY TO MOUNT NUMEROUSSENSORS AND COMPUTER MODULES AS WELL AS A COMPLEXONBOARD SOFTWARE SYSTEM.
New developments are still emerging, including warning devicesthat alert the driver against intersection collisions and aids forparallel parking and bus precision docking (Цzgьner, Stiller, &Redmill 397). "Mitigating catastrophic failure at intersections ofautonomous vehicles." ACM Portal. Do robots have rights? Themore power autonomous vehicles are given, the more they are tobe feared.
Strengths: The government encourages new technological innovations ifthey can help with transportation and safety. If this technology would be applied to electric cars that wouldmean environmental friendly benefits would not oil and no C02emissions. Offers benefits such as reduced need for traffic police, no morevehicle insurance and fewer accidents. Vehicle is capable of staying in correct lane, adjust appropriatespeeds, and detect stoplights and signs.
Weaknesses: The autonomous car is only being tested and test-driven in thecurrent states of California, Nevada, and Florida. Skepticism of software controlling cars; for example, fearing thatthe software could malfunction and cause the car to crash. Could be the end of automotive enthusiasm, as passion peoplewho possess when they have control of driving their car. The cost of the car is unknown currently and can be estimatedaround $150,000 in equipment to make this car run effectively.
Opportunities: The autonomous car is capable of fulfilling the humantransportations attributes of a traditional car. Almost every car company will eventually be manufacturing theautonomous car; many companies have already been testing.Google through (Toyota Prius), Ford, Cadillac, Lexus, & Audi. Reduce adverse side effects of driving, (Reduction of accidents &traffic jams, CO2 emissions and oil consumption.) Would allow people with disadvantages or not physically capableof driving be able to ride in the driverless vehicle.
Threats: The public’s perception of having a car that drives itself, there needsto be more testing and government regulations that can help changethe public’s view of autonomous car. Potential weakening of automotive industry, as all car companieswould be offering the same type car. Barriers to public deployment of autonomous cars through insuranceand liability issues, such as who should be liable for injuries anddamage caused by a certified autonomous car operating in ancomputer-function mode. Public opinion of autonomous car being driven on public roads. Tostart out autonomous car could just be driven on public transportationon dedicated lanes or taxi-service.
One agency responsible for the enforcement of safety on our roadsand highways is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). The NHTSA has made a significant research investmentin the potential applications of Assisted Automation types oftechnologies, including, crash imminent braking, and lane keepingassist systems (Medford, 2012).
CONCLUSION In all, developers and engineers will have numerous road blocksand obstacles to overcome with the autonomous car. Somerestrictions are local and state rules and regulations, currenttechnology limitations, and the overall costs for production.Although the future of the autonomous car is undetermined at thistime, universities and private developers are driving forward withdevelopment and research to make the autonomous car availableto consumers around the world.
References: Public Concerns: Self-driving cars can navigate the road, but can they navigate the law? | The Verge.Brandom, Russell. December 14, 2012. Retrieved fromhttp://www.theverge.com/2012/12/14/3766218/self-driving-cars-google-volvo-law 3 Challenges Faced by Googles Autonomous Vehicles. News Staff. March, 4, 2013. Retrievedfrom http://www.govtech.com/transportation/3-Challenges-Face-by-Googles-Autonomous-Vehicles.htmlCosts of autonomous car: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/04/27/self_driving_cars_the_price_of_an_autonomous_vehicle_.htmlLaws/regulations: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/autonomous-vehicle-law-nevada_n_884307.html Remarks by Ron Medford, Deputy Administrator National ... [PDF] http://www.nhtsa.gov/search?q=autonomous&x=12&y=4