30 Apr '14, 8pm

The Crash-Proof Car

The Crash-Proof Car

To drive itself, a car requires four basic things. It needs a satellite-navigation system and digital maps to know where it is. It needs to be able to see 360 degrees around itself under all sorts of conditions. It needs to be able to communicate with other vehicles and with certain parts of the road infrastructure, like traffic lights, school zones, and tollbooths. Finally, it needs software intelligent enough to determine what the car should do and electronic controls and actuators to make the car do it. All these technologies exist on some level today, and many of them are already on vehicles, as in Cadillac’s Driver Assist package. But these systems need to be more capable before they usher in the era of fully self-driving cars.

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