Self-driving cars are one of the most discussed topics in transportation; its technology is becoming attractive to consumers and industries globally. However, even as the thought of having completely autonomous cars continue to excite consumers, the new technology has apparent inherent dangers. With the expectation that these cars will go mainstream soon, there is a need to find ways of improving their reliability, safety and dependability.
Here are some suggestions that the world of autonomous technology should adopt to address the potential dangers associated with self-driving cars:
Upgrading of sensors
The dynamism that is expected between self-driving vehicles and their drivers may be uncertain, leading to accidents. Technological advancements in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G wireless systems can undoubtedly improve the precision of sensors. Which can be useful, especially at road intersections and other high-risk regions, while 5G connectivity enhances the detection of lanes.
Improvement of testing
Programmers and designers are faced with the challenge of using combined information from devices such as LiDar sensors to represent the space around the vehicle accurately in a computerised model. If the self-driving cars are ever going to fulfil their expectation of reducing accidents, then thorough and rigorous testing must be done before they hit the road. For instance, programmers should provide cars with accurate instructions when other vehicles are adversaries. The instructions should enable autonomous vehicles to understand their surroundings but more importantly, the context under extreme circumstances.
When and under what situations should the autonomous systems or human drivers take control? While the vehicles are programmed to handle most cases, some of them are better managed under human control. Therefore, it is also essential to have a cognitive system that will determine the suitability of a driver. What’s needed is a platform that can check the physiological and emotional state of a driver, to provide extra intelligence since it will be able to determine the best choice of control between the driver and the vehicle under extreme situations.
The arrival of self-driving cars will require such technologies. The reality is that there are still safety concerns due to the delicate balance between the communication between one another on the road. Otherwise, autonomous cars are expected to be revolutionary when it comes to the prevention of accidents caused by driver error.