GM Looks to Lead in Self-Piloted Vehicles Development by End of the Decade
October 17, 2011 10:40 AM
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Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept
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
. 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
, have announced the development of self-driving vehicles as well.
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RE: Reminds me of I, Robot
10/17/2011 1:22:06 PM
I suppose the vehicle could be aware of which other vehicles around it are also auto-driven. If grandma's controlling her vehicle behind you, it would know a human was involved and slow to cushion the blow(s) instead of teeing you up for a huge smash from behind. If it knew the car behind you was auto-driven as well, they would communicate and both slow down. How fast they slow down would depend on whether the car behind THAT one (2 cars back) was auto-driven as well. And so on...
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