Autonomous technology on cars is a complicated idea because cars are considered to be more robotic and are not capable of making ‘on the road’ decisions.
However, Jaguar Land Rover is working with a dedicated team of researchers to refine the tech to make it drive like humans.
In a recent update, Google proudly claimed that their electric cars when put together covered a total of 3 million miles on road. They have also claimed that their cars were never involved in an accident and even the very few that took place were usually because of an error committed by the human driver. In order to ensure safety, these cars always have human passengers on board who have control over it, in case they have to apply emergency brake or take note of its performance in a real traffic situation.
However, Jaguar is working on an entirely different platform where they are going to collect data from multiple drivers. It is a highly intensive research project which will enable the company to gather data on how people behave on road, the actions they do when controlling the car and other minor aspects. Jaguar engineers believe that when enough data is fed into the computer, they can act more like humans when autonomous driving technology is introduced.
A bunch of sensors are mounted on board which will continue to gather minute data including bad weather conditions, heavy traffic, the way traffic changes from time to time as well as how drivers react when they find themselves in such hostile situations. The project study is also being funded by Bosch.
The data gathered by the sensors will not only be used by computers to create a highly advanced, but will also be used by insurance companies so that they could create policies fit for autonomous vehicles. It is still in its early stage, but Jaguar strongly believes that they will be able to come up with a truly autonomous tech that is viable for the general public.
The technology that exists at the moment is not dependable especially when a human driver is not on-board. There are some inconsistencies related to the time it takes to brake and also to make decisions when a collision is inevitable. Such problems should probably be eradicated when there is plenty of data available. However, it’s going to be a long wait before you could actually relax and let the car drive itself.