Self-driving cars, also referred to as autonomous cars, are cars which are capable of driving with little to no human input. A fully self-driving car would be able to drive you from Los Angeles to New York City all on its own while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the smooth ride.
Self-driving cars have been receiving tremendous attention as of late, in large part due to the technological boom of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In just the past few years, AI has gone from being nearly forgotten to becoming the largest Research and Development (R&D) investment of many organizations across the world.
Put simply, AI has given us the ability to automate a lot of manual work that would previously have taken some form of human knowledge or skill. In the case of self-driving cars, AI can help with being the brains of the cars doing things like automatically detecting people and other cars around the vehicle, staying in the lane, switching lanes, and following the GPS to get to the final destination.
Car manufacturers all over the globe are using artificial intelligence in just about every facet of the car making process. AI can be witnesses working its magic through robots putting together the initial nuts and bolts of a vehicle or in an autonomous car using machine learning and vision to safely make its way through traffic.
How it’s using AI in automotive: Drive.ai is utilizing artificial intelligence to change current transportation systems with self-driving services.
The vehicles are not only autonomous, they also communicate with drivers and pedestrians within the vicinity, such as displaying a sign to pedestrians indicating it will wait for them to cross.
The purpose of the fleets is to transport passengers along fixed routes that are more easily monitored than personal autonomous vehicles, which need to stay updated with changes that can impact driving, such as construction, speed limits, accidents and road closures.