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Chevrolet EN-V urban mobility concept  (Source:
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: Reminds me of I, Robot
By maven81 on 10/17/2011 2:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
Come to think of it, there's a whole slew of unknowns this system would have to deal with.

-Roadwork/Detours (there have been many instances when the GPS has told me to take a certain route and I discovered that it was blocked, with the detours controlled by the police (they may ask you to drive on the opposite side of the road as they halt oncoming traffic for example.

-officers routing traffic by hand (just yesterday I was asked by one cop directing traffic to drive through a red light for example).

-Road damage/potholes (this is something you can see visually, but I doubt would get picked up by a radar unless it's constantly evaluating the flatness of the surface

And those are just the things that come to mind after yesterday's commute! You're talking some serious AI + Machine Vision to figure this out.

RE: Reminds me of I, Robot
By cjohnson2136 on 10/17/2011 2:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure there would be a manual override so you could control your car if something like what you said would happen. Just an example but think of I, Robot the cars in that movie drive people around but Will Smith was still able to do a manual override to drive it himself. I don't think they are saying we are going from driver to no driver instantly it would have to be something that gradually changed overtime as infrastructure was put in place.

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