The New Normal: Driverless Cars

James Rawlson

Driverless Cars

The market for cars is becoming very technical and advanced with new driverless car-tech being released in the very near future. Google, for example, has been very successful in their version of the driverless car. So far, in years of testing, their autonomous vehicles have had very few accidents. Those few accidents, however, turned out to have been caused by human error as opposed to rogue artificial intelligence.

So with autonomous cars set finally become a reality, many consumers and drivers are concerned with whether or not these types of cars can navigate through construction areas, which can be unpredictable, or in bad weather (even more unpredictable at times). The good news is that there just so happens to be a possible solution to these concerns.

Companies like Denso, a leading automotive components manufacturer, have been toying with the idea of having cars that can communicate with each other and with surrounding infrastructure as opposed to just navigating itself via GPS set routes. In this effort, Denso has been very successful and has this “connected car” technology ready for production. Recently, they have fitted large semi trucks with this Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V, as Denso calls it) allowing a fleet of trucks to travel together in a convoy without incident. On top of that, by having the trucks tailgate each other Denso has succeeded in reducing fuel use of all the trucks following the lead truck.

In the following video, Denso’s Vice President of Wireless Technology, Roger Berg, explains the benefit Denso sees in this innovation to autonomous car tech as well as their vision for a safer, greener future on the road.

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