Cars that communicate
Imagine that while driving you don’t notice stop sign in time but your car hits brakes itself. This may be realistic after communicating function between vehicles introduced. Vehicle-by-vehicle (V2V) wireless communicating system is now tested by some manufacturers and NHTSA with hope to reduce number of car accidents and drivers’ failures.
Meanwhile another technology, vehicle-by-infrastructure (V2I) , is developed too. Vehicles may communicate with infrastructure, such as road signs and propose alternative routes analyzing traffic conditions.
Self-driving cars first appeared on pages of Nosov’s fairy-tale “Neznayka in Solar City”. The passengers chose route and car delivered them to that place. There was only one restriction – the system worked only in city. If passenger wanted to visit country they had to drive car by themselves.
Self-driving car excepts risks of current situation and escapes danger quickly. Besides a lot of drivers want to relax without having to look on road and sit at back seat while moving from point a to point.
Of course, self-driving vehicle can’t guarantee zero risk of accident, but improvements mean that fatality rates should decrease substantially.
And what is your image of futuristic car?