Glimpse To The Future Or… To The Present?
Self-driving vehicles are here.
The world is changing and along with that change they have integrated a selection of artificial intelligences! What starts as a great idea by some unsuspecting scientist, soon becomes too much to handle. Robots begin to learn, adapt, grow, and as a result, they become more and more powerful.
Experiments have been conducted on automating driving since at least the 1920s. The first attempts took place in the 1950s. Tsukuba Mechanical Engineering Lab in Japan created the first intelligent vehicle in 1977. It tracked white street markers and achieved speeds up to 30 kilometers per hour.
Today many companies have even started testing driverless cars, including Uber, Waymo, General Motors, Toyota, and Tesla. All that vehicles are preprogrammed to slow down at a yellow light, stop at stop signs or even make a swerve for road hurdle. Even now some vehicles have the equipment to run the technology of self-driving cars just to study the measurements.
The Waymo company has a fleet of 600 self-driving taxis in California and Arizona and will be leasing their first fleet of self-driving cargo trucks in Atlanta in mid-March. The biggest push right now with self-driving cars is self-driving taxis.
Self-driving cars will probably become a part of our everyday lives within the very near future.