Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey, 94% of all car crashes involve human error. As the technology is advancing, it makes sense that we are looking for the various ways to keep us safe while being on the road. That’s precisely the idea behind the autonomous cars.
People are thrilled with the idea of having vehicles that are entirely driverless. They can sense the environment, track movement and predict accidents. This can significantly decrease the number of deaths on annual level. But, how close we are to this technology and what can we expect in the future?
How do they work?
There are two types of autonomous cars and five levels of vehicle automation. They range from no automation to fully automated. The developers imagined this concept where drivers will be able to go from one place to another without taking the wheel.
The vehicles use sensors and software to detect the movement and other cars, pedestrians, bikers and motorists on the road. The area of detection is the size of the two football fields, in every direction. In this case, the self-driving cars are programmed and designed to drive defensively, stay out of blind spots and adjust to sudden changes.
Accident prevention is one of the most significant factors driverless cars are designed in the first place. As we mentioned before, statistics indicate that 95% of traffic accidents are human error. With the use of autonomous cars, we will be able to decrease this percentage.
According to many studies, if we remove the emotions and errors from this equation, then almost 300,000 lives could be saved each decade in the U.S. There are still some laws that need to be adjusted when it comes to self-driving cars and who gets blamed when the accident happens. But, they are the future we should look forward to.
Driving assistance options
Self-driving cars are designed to do all the work and provide multiple driving assistance features. For instance, if you aren’t skilled in parking, then the autonomous vehicle will allow you to sit back and relax, while the vehicle parks automatically. Of course, cruise control and emergency breaking are two convenient features.
In this way, the car will predict any obstacle on the road and avoid accidents and possible casualties. The hearing sensors can detect the sound and the direction it is coming from.