DGT data shows that more than 90% of traffic accidents on roads today are caused by human error. If we had the ability to avoid making these kinds of mistakes, many of the over 2,000 traffic deaths in 2017 could have been prevented. This possibility is possible, even though it was impossible a priori. Thanks to technological advancements in the automotive industry and the appearance autonomous cars, these vehicles are capable of driving themselves without the assistance of a driver.
They have been talked about for many years. But when will they go on sale? What’s more, when will they be available on the market? What is more important? Below is how we explain it.
A gradual evolution
It’s been some time since the major car manufacturers began working with the technology companies to bring about the launch of autonomous vehicles.
It is evident that there are vehicles on the market with a certain level of autonomy, thanks to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as the cruise control. The power steering system, traffic sign recognition system and lane change assist. Some models even have an autonomous driving option in urban environments and low speeds.
ADAS systems represent the first step towards automated driving. However, their introduction will be gradual. It is clear that manufacturers promise that this will benefit both consumers, who can gradually gain confidence and invest in this type vehicle, and manufacturers, who will have the technology to fix the problems they left. You can find out on the move. You can also disconnect the vehicle’s automated system and drive it the traditional way in most cases.
It is not expected that cars will drive themselves until 2025.
Who is involved in it?
Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, Honda Kia, Ford, Citroen, Peugeot, TESLA, Waymo … No manufacturer is against autonomous cars. It is because they recognize that autonomous cars are a future that is unalienable, even though there is still much technological advancement and work to be done.
Mercedes-Benz took this initiative with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class on April 7. It incorporates innovative systems like the Drive Pilot. This system is capable of performing operations such as maintaining the car in its lane, keeping it at the set speed, keeping it safe distance from other vehicles, stopping the car when it stops, and then resuming the march. It sets it in motion…or the Active Lane Change Detector, which allows you change lanes by signaling with the turn signal.
Nissan is not far behind. They have just announced that their next Qashqai model will feature Piloted Drive technology.
Technology providers like Apple, Google, and Bosch have been working in this area for years, and have also researched how to provide valuable services to users when they use the vehicle, and not have to drive.
Autonomous cars: The advantages and the disadvantages
Automated driving will impact the whole car, including its engine, brakes and steering. The user will enjoy many benefits, as they will not have to worry about anything. However, they do have their limitations, just like any device in its early stages of development.
Safety: A reduction in errors at the wheel, and consequently, in accidents is possible.
Increased circulation: Vehicles will be more efficient when dealing with heavy traffic.
Energy efficiency will improve: Another improvement is its operation via the electric network. This will reduce energy consumption.
Productivity: Especially in parking and other tasks. The driver will be capable of getting out of the car, and the vehicle will be able search independently for a parking spot.
They will have a new design and more power.
Higher price: The first models will be more expensive. It may take several years before they become available for everyone.
The main drawback is the possibility of technological failures. Technology isn’t perfect, and there are always risks.
Autonomous car insurance, and the applicable legislation
The need to update current legislation simultaneously with the provision of insurance products is another obstacle to autonomous cars. Take, for instance, the liability in case of an accident. Which party would be responsible for an accident involving an autonomous vehicle? The driver, his insurance, and the manufacturer
Insurers are increasingly looking to adapt their business models in order to better anticipate the future. Although it is likely that there will be fewer car accidents with these vehicles, there will still be some margin for error, particularly in the initial period when there will be mixed driving. New protection needs will emerge, and new guarantees and coverages will be available.
We must also remember that the current road laws are not designed to allow for autonomous cars to be circulated. The DGT will have to adjust its regulations to accommodate this type of vehicle. To be able use autonomous cars, users will need to obtain a driver’s licence. Will there be a mandatory permit? Another of the many great questions to be answered is this.
The world of autonomous cars still has a lot to do. They will need to complete their testing and development. However, legislation, insurance companies, and users will need to adapt to this new reality, which is becoming more and more common.
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