Smart Cars with AI: The future of urban transport is here
Jack Ma may have said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to us at the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, but car companies are pouring big bucks into AI-driven smart car designs. According to telecom giant Ericsson, smart cars with AI are here to stay and will revolutionise the way we travel.
Ericsson mentioned in a recent report that the advent of 5G technology will make roads safer by enhancing vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Sensors embedded in roads, railways and airport runways will make vehicle-to-infrastructure communication smoother as well.
Smart technology moves the world
In the fast-moving world we live in, every piece of electronics in our lives already has a smarter counterpart. Light switches, doorbells, coffee brewers, fridges, washing machines, watches, phones. Cars are no exception to this trend and in the past 10 years they have gotten smarter than their drivers, and in many cases – safer and more economical.
Car enthusiasts the world over have been intently following the news around Elon Musk’s company Tesla in the past years, expecting to hear about more revolutionary inventions each time, that could make their electric, self-driving cars even more autonomous.
Driving long distances without a passenger can be lonely. If you’ve ever done it, you might have wished for a companion to talk to – someone emotionally intelligent who can understand you and help you on the road. The disembodied voice of SatNav helps to fill the monotonous silence, but it can’t hold a conversation or keep you safe.
Research on driverless cars is well underway, but less is heard about the work being done to make cars a smart companion for drivers. In the future, the cars still driven by humans are likely to become as sensitive and attentive to their driver’s needs as another person. Sound far-fetched? It’s closer than you might think.