Driverless Car : A Car Vehicle

1383 Words Mar 11th, 2015 6 Pages
What is driverless car? A driverless car, also known as autonomous car, is an automated or autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the main transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Robotic cars exit mainly as prototypes and demonstration system. Driverless cars senses their surroundings with such techniques as radar, GPS and computer vision to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage. In a general way, driverless car means having the power for self-government. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has established an official classification system which split cars into 5 levels. It has 5 levels from level 0 to level 4. Level 0 is that the driver completely controls the vehicle at all time. Level 4 is that the vehicle performs all safety-critical function for the entire trip, with the driver not expected to control the vehicle at any time. As this vehicle would control all functions from start to stop, including all parking function, the public feel a little worried about driverless car, because they think it has some potential risk. Why do need to invent the driverless car? What is its benefit? The driverless car can detect and response to the environment faster compared to the human drivers. It can also increase the roadway capacity and reduce the road traffic due to reduced need for safety gaps. But…
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