Over the past few months we’ve been hearing more and more about the self-driving or autonomous car. Automotive, Internet, smartphone, and various other tech companies are devoting R&D resources to address the many technical hurdles lying between the current state of affairs and a car that allows you to read the latest Hollywood gossip or checking your favorite teams sports scores while zipping through traffic, chauffeuring you to work.
To make this a reality there are a few issues that must be addressed. Cars must possess the ability to recognize road nuances & infrastructure (curves, stoplights, speed limits, bridges, tunnels, curbs, etc) and other vehicles including bicycles, motorcycles, and semis. These problems are being addresses by vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2I). V2V and V2I are also referred to as V2X. The safety-critical portions are addressed by advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
The V2V and ADAS portions can be addressed by automobile manufacturers partnering with specific companies and passing along their costs to the consumer through the sales price, but the last portion truly has me stumped. Who picks up the cost of the V2I? It seems there would need to be a standard applied so a car driving cross-country or cross-border could do so seamlessly. While this may seem trivial, the software supporting V2I must recognize differences in school zone speed limits, a change from mph to kph, or speed changes for construction zones.
While the prospect of a autonomous vehicle is exciting, there are many issues to be addressed before it can become a reality.
To read more about the automotive software behind autonomous driving and QNXs participation, here is a good resource. (thx RoboCop!)
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