By Damilola Faustino
Autonomous or driverless cars are vehicles that are self-driving and able to navigate the environment without requiring human assistance. In many places, the cars that are permitted on public roadways are not fully autonomous and a human must still be available to take the steering wheel immediately if required.
Although there is still a long way to go before we get a fully functional self-driving car. Here are some interesting facts about driverless cars you probably do not know about.
- Driverless cars must recognize pedestrians, signage, other vehicles, and traffic lanes in order to function.
- An autonomous car would be capable of functioning without human intervention of any kind.
- A semi-autonomous car would require driver intervention but be able to provide assistance such as automatic parking and highway driving help.
- The first autonomous car prototype was operated by Google under Alphabet Inc. in 2015.
- It has been estimated that by 2050 almost all vehicles on the road will be autonomous. By 2035 it is estimated that just under 10% will be autonomous.
- Human error accounts for roughly 90% of accidents on roadways. The creation of driverless cars was in an effort to reduce accidents.
- A 375-mile trip was made in France in 2015 in a driverless car with no human assistance.
- Google has more than 12 autonomous cars on the road in Silicon Valley. Out of the 11 accidents, none were the fault of the cars.
- There are more than 19 automobile and parts manufacturers currently developing autonomous cars.
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