Self-Driving Cars : Overview
This article part of Self-Driving Cars Guide
What topics will be included in this guide?
- Self-Driving Cars : Beginning of Guide
- Self-Driving Cars : Overview
- Self-Driving Cars : Impacts
- Self-Driving Cars : Technical Infrastructure & Requirements
- Self-Driving Cars : Be a Self-Driving Car Developer
- Self-Driving Cars : Road map (Educate yourself)
- Self-Driving Cars : Road map (How to develop a self-driving car?)
Smart and autonomous systems has too many sub-topics and technologies. My interest transportation that’s why I’m going to focus on this subject.
We can start with fuel culture. As everyone knows, almost 100 years ago two geniuses lived in this world. Their name is Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Their life was very deeply connected to electricity. These people have acquired hundreds of new inventions and patents. But we still have a big problem. We didn’t have any electricity car until a few yars ago. Yes, I know! Some car brands produced electric cars many years ago. However, these vehicles were not widely used. Anyway, we can go back 100 years. Here’s Edison’s electric car.
That’s very cool story bro! Research it!
Anyway, I’m not going to talk about this story anymore. Otherwise, we need to talk about politics! Politics is not the right way to design the future…
Energy sector could also be a good research topic. But this sector is deep enough to be a seperate article topic. This is why, For now I can only suggest that you should do research on this. Energy Sector related tags; antimatter(Produced in America but not cheap at all), space and time bend(new energy sources are under investigation), Alternative Energy Resources (r1, r2), Fusion Power, Tesla Gigafactory, and different kind of engine models.
- Tesla (Tesla Autopilot)
- Nio (Official, Full Review Video)
- Google (Waymo, Google Self-driving, Waymo Wiki)
- Apple (Unofficial News, Rumors, Apple CarPlay)
- Samsung (Research on Google)
- BMW (Official, r1) (BMW’ll convert all its cars into electric car by 2020)
- Mercedes (Official)
- Baidu (Apollo Auto, Udacity Apollo Auto)
- Toyota (New Company for Self-driving cars, Video)
- Volkswagen (Concept, SEDRIC)
- Honda (News)
- Hyundai (Demo Video)
- Nissan (Official News)
- Ford (Official News, New Company Info)
- Volvo (Autopilot, Video, Volvo Trucks)
And other startup companies…
- Voyage (Official)
- Comma.ai (Official, GitHub) (Open Source Self-Driving System)
- Cruise (Official)
- nuTonomy (Official)
- nauto (Official)
- mobileye (Official)
- drive.ai (Official)
- Delphi Technologies (Official)
- EasyMile (Official)
- Open Motor / e-VIAL (Official)
- OXBOTICA (Official)
- nuro (Official)
There are dozens more projects… But I think they are enough…
What is the autonomous car actually?
In the simplest terms, self-driving cars managed by artificial intelligence software and powerful computers. In addition, these vehicles(self-driving cars) must have dozens of different sensors to run successfully.
These vehicles have two main modules;
- Environmental Factors
These two topics have many details. In general we’ll deal with the topic of internal systems.
Automobiles were so primitive so far. Recently, cockpit products designed for in-car entertainment started to be developed. For example: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The automobile sector has changing standards according to each country. That’s why, It’s not easy for car brands to add a new design or feature to their cars. We’ll focus on developing a car’s cockpit systems under this topic.
This is the point where everything starts in the real sense. So BigBang! To understand how an self-driving works, we will focus on what tools and techniques we need to use in this area. Of course, there will be no artificial intelligence training. Just try to catch a general perspective.
Together with every big new technology, changes in our lives and our world occur. When we start to use unmanned cars, many of the enviromental factors we have used before will also have to change over time.