Autonomous Cars

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Stuart Wright

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Why is there an autonomous car forum at AVForums?!
Because AVForums' visitors generally
  • Are interested in technology
  • Are interested in cars
  • Are interested in technology in cars
  • Are early adopters
  • Tend to be slighly maturer so
    • Have families so think about NCAP ratings and safety features
    • Have more disposable income to spend on this stuff
Plus the cars with the best tech are often hybrids or EVs so there is an element of 'being green' as well as having luxury and performance which appeals to us.

What is an Autonomous Car?

An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, auto, self-driving car, robotic car) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Many such vehicles are being developed, but as of May 2017 automated cars permitted on public roads are not yet fully autonomous. They all require a human driver at the wheel who is ready at a moment's notice to take control of the vehicle.
Autonomous car - Wikipedia

There are 5 levels of autonomous vehicle:
  1. These cars can handle one task at a time like autonomous braking
  2. These cars would have at least two automated functions
  3. These cars can handle 'dynamic tasks' but might still need intervention
  4. Officially driverless in certain environments
  5. No driver presence needed
On June 4, 2017, Audi stated that its new A8 will be fully self-driving for up to speeds of 60km/h using its "Audi AI". Contrary to other cars, the driver will not have to do safety checks such as touching the steering wheel every 15 seconds. The Audi A8 will be the first production car to reach level 3 autonomous driving and Audi will be the first manufacturer to use laser scanners in addition to cameras and ultrasonic sensors for their AI.

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