Monday, May 5, 2014


Audi | Autonomous TTSAudi was the first automaker to unveil a fully autonomous vehicle: a self-driving 2009 TTS that was developed in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, Sun Microsystems, and Volkswagen's Electronic Research Lab. Audi set a goal for the TTS to race up Pikes Peak, similar to the way it would with a professional rally driver at the wheel. It accomplished this feat in 2010.
Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak Research VehicleAn autonomous car,also known as a driverless car, driver-free car, self-driving car or robot car,is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional carKITT, the autonomous Pontiac Trans Am in the 1982 TV series Knight Rider, was sentient and autonomous.

The 1990 film Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, features taxis called Johnny Cabs controlled by artificial intelligence in the car or the android drivers.. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Robotic cars exist mainly as prototypes and demonstration systems. 

Currently, the only self-driving vehicles that are commercially available are open-air shuttles for pedestrian zones that operate at 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h). Google’s autonomous vehicles have logged over 700,000 miles around Silicon Valley and, as it turns out, Volvo also has its own fleet of self-driving cars driving the roads of Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo has initiated a program in which 100 self-driving Volvos will be operated around the city in everyday driving conditions by regular consumers.

The pilot program of 100 cars will be limited to about 50 kilometers of selected roadways in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent queues. The program is currently under development and the first cars available for consumer testing are expected to be on the roads in Gothenburg by 2017.

Autonomous vehicles sense their surroundings with such techniques as radar, lidar, GPS, and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage. Some autonomous vehicles update their maps based on sensory input, allowing the vehicles to keep track of their position even when conditions change or when they enter uncharted environments.The goal is that autonomous vehicles will one day increase efficiency of the roadways and allow drivers to relax or work on other tasks while the vehicle does the driving. The project will also include autonomous parking, allowing the driver to walk away from the car at the parking entrance while the vehicle finds a vacant spot and parks by itself.

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