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Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept  (Source: green.autoblog.com)
GM will use technologies including GPS, distance-sensing, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in the Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept

When many think of the future, they think of flying cars zooming from place to place. While we're not quite there yet, the development of self-piloted vehicles are in the making, and General Motors plans to deploy such vehicles by the end of the decade.

GM has announced that it is currently working on the tools needed to create self-piloted cars, such as radars, sensors, cameras, GPS, and other portable communication devices. These technologies combined will allow vehicles to navigate the roads partially on their own by the middle of the decade, and by the end of the decade, more advanced functions are expected to allow autos to drive themselves completely.

Two important aspects of the self-driving vehicle are vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. This allows the car to learn more about vehicles around it, such as their speeds and locations, as well as surrounding traffic signals, accidents and detours.

GM will use technologies including GPS, distance-sensing, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications in the Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept. This system will allow the vehicle to dodge collisions, identify pedestrians, park itself, and pick-up the driver. All of this can be accomplished via systems placed in the vehicle or through a smartphone app.

"The technologies we're developing will provide an added convenience by partially or even completely taking over the driving duties," said Alan Taub, GM Vice President of Global Research and Development. "The primary goal, though, is safety. Future generation safety systems will eliminate the crash altogether by interceding on behalf of drivers before they're even aware of a hazardous situation. In the coming years, we believe the industry will experience a dramatic leap in activity safety systems, and hopefully, a dramatic decline in injuries and fatalities on our roadways. GM has made a commitment to be at the forefront of this development."

The Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept will be on display at the ITS World Congress this week.

A few years back, the fully autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe was the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge winner. Other companies, such as Google, have announced the development of self-driving vehicles as well.

Source: Green Car Congress



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RE: No Subject
By Netscorer on 10/17/2011 11:36:58 AM , Rating: 3
Google said at the time that the technology to fully automate car driving experience (i.e. no driver) already exists and the biggest challenge lies in legal issues, i.e. what happens when robo-car is involved in the accident. Even in the tests that Google did in and around San-Fransisco, there was always a driver present at all times to be able to override car, if needed.
Overcoming legal concerns may take a very long time and this will effectively slow the adoption rates. Knowing how the jurisdiction works in U.S. I highly doubt we will see much of anything beyond what is available today by the end of decade.
Another obstacle to introduction of this technology is reliance on infrastructure upgrades. Dependency on vehicle to vehicle communication as well as vehicle to road will be costly to implement and will only work in limited setting, i.e. in HOV lanes at first, where only cars that have embedded chip would be able to get in.
Google solution overcame this by utilizing multiple cameras and powerful computer with image recognition technology but it is very costly at the moment and has some limitations depending on weather and lighting conditions.


RE: No Subject
By TSS on 10/17/2011 2:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's been actually used here in holland. We had fully automated, no driver busses on a limited pre-programmed track a few years back.

Things crashed and where taken off the roads after a week. One bus couldn't go forward at a bridge so started backing up and another robobus crashed into the back of it, even though it shouldn't have happened with all the collision protections. These where low speed busses too (nobody got hurt).

It made quite obvious that even though the technology may exist in theory, the technology doesn't always adhere to that theory. To prove this point i would like to see any google automated car get through from one side of new york city to the other without accidents. Lets see what the CPU does when humans ignore the rules they themselves put in.

It'll be atleast another 30 years untill we have automated vehicles on the road that'll crash equally or less often then humans do. Atleast another 50 untill we can start talking more automated vehicles then manual ones. And that's just the technology. Legally, it might take another 100 years before people can accept that a car crashed and they lost their loved one and it's *nobody's* fault.


RE: No Subject
By ClownPuncher on 10/17/2011 3:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
That's because you guys legalized robot weed.


RE: No Subject
By Reclaimer77 on 10/17/2011 3:45:44 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah this kind of thing makes sense for public transportation. I mean, what's the point of owning and maintain a personal vehicle that you don't drive yourself? Makes no sense to me. You might as well be riding a bus at that point.

But like you pointed out, it would take a colossal advancement in AI to have fully functioning, safe, and reliable auto-drive systems in vehicles.


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