Electronic Driving Technology And Its Impact On The Automotive Industry

1274 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Until recently, automated driving technology had not been considered as a suitable replacement for humans; the idea of cars being given a destination and taking its passengers without human intervention, at best, would have belonged in a sci-fi novel just a decade ago. But will this still be case in the near future? Despite the rapid evolution in the automotive industry, it may take several decades before autonomous vehicles can fully replace human drivers in all situations. There are simply too many limitations for the soon-to-be-available autonomous vehicles to truly be considered driverless for a long time. Recent development such as Google’s self-driving car and Tesla’s autopilot brought attention to the highly-automated driving technologies. Google, as well as “many industry analysts, auto suppliers, carmakers” claim that we may start see these technologies in the market as early as 2020 (Hudda, Kelly, Long, Luo, Pandit, Phillips, Sheet, Sidhu, 2013, para. 1). Does this mean that we should all go out and buy an autonomous car right away? Should human drivers soon be replaced by computer systems? Perhaps not, at least with the current state of the technology. You should consider the limitations and understand common misconceptions of what these cars can and cannot do for you.
Before considering the benefits and issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, this article will provide some background knowledge of how they have advanced over time. It will explore through some of…

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