Technological advances are pacing in an unmanageable manner. The more a nation invests in upcoming technologies, the more incentives it enjoys in the long run. These incentives branch from finer infrastructure to augmentation of the jobs sector. The prime focus of technology nowadays is to moderate the human intervention in day-to-day tasks. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Vision being the big players in doing so. We have reached a time wherein we can automate our menial tasks like driving. Insane, right? This segment of Computer Vision is popularly known as Autonomous Cars. These are vehicles that perceive their environment and move without human navigation.
How does an Autonomous Car work?
A lot of the components collectively give birth to a fully functioning autonomous car. It has video cameras installed in them for detecting traffic lights, reading road signs and keeping track of other vehicles and obstacles. For monitoring the position and state of the car it has radar sensors installed into them. Lidar sensors effectively detect the edges of roads and lane markings. Ultrasonic sensors in the wheels detect the presence of other vehicles. Lastly, a central control system that analyses all the data received from various sensors to from all sensors to manipulate the steering, acceleration and breaking.
Autonomous car projects going on around the world
Many tech giants and startups are still on the experimental phase when it comes to autonomous cars. Mercedes paved the way with introduction of its Distronic, the first radar-assisted autonomous cruise control on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W220) and the CL-Class in 1999. The Distronic system was able to detect the proximity of other cars ahead and maintain a safe distance at all times by altering its speed. Companies like Google Inc., Uber, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Tesla have poured billions into the R&D of this technology.
Udacity has made its very own self-driving car, Carla. It looks like this:
The scope of Self-Driving cars in India:
Coming to the main topic of today, where is India in the self-driving car race? The answer is not too behind. The technology is still new and budding. Indian roads are a bit more challenging as compared to roads in the western countries.
As you can see the demand for autonomous vehicle technology is the most in India. Also, it has great potential to succeed here. But the real question is ‘Are we ready yet?’.
First, we need to understand the requirement of autonomous cars in India. Indian roads are infamous for being occupied by traffic leading highly congested roads. The number of road accidents and deaths due to them is skyrocketing at an alarming rate. These are the few major problem areas in which autonomous vehicles can do wonders in.
With the significant growth in the field of Internet of Things, it is safe to say it will pave the way for self-driven vehicles. In India, Ola is one of the many players experimenting with parts of autonomous car technology. Many startups have come who’ve invested heavily in this technology. Some self-driving technology projects that have come up in India are:
One should definitely check the above mentioned out and look at the awesome work they’re doing in this area.
The transition is still quite slow but we are slowly getting there. Self-driving tech will not only disrupt the tech industry but also the automobile industry immensely. The initialization of action for this technology has already set in full force in Bengaluru with tech giants like Infosys.
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