Debera, we already have the technology. As I mentioned, this is stuff the military has been working on, and solving, for some time. When I say we already have this, I am talking about farm equipment and some manufacturing systems.
I was talking to one farmer and admiring his big new tractor. There is a module for the tractor that will drive it completely automatically and dispesnse the seed (or fertilizer or perticide or herbicide) on a very fine grid. They use a different form of GPS processing that gets them inches of accuracy. What is interesting is that a human has to be in the cab to engage the tool. This is purely for liability reasons.
So, I fully accept that you, as students, could do this. I have seen some very good projects as a judge at various institutions. There is a lot more involved, though. It gets much more complicated when you have human drivers involved. If you had ONLY automated vehicles, then it becomes simpler.
Thanks Charles for such an informative post, but one point which i was wondering was that in future cars will be developed which will take off while the drivers stuck in traffic jam i thought a lot about it but couldnt understand what does this mean and how will the car take off during traffic jam. Will it take off like a plane or what ?
@Naperlou these things or technologies are not far away . We in 2008 developed a prototype of a completely autonomous vehicle which could drive you to the particular position with the help of calculations of latitude and longitude done by GPS. And the locations were inputted with the help of SMS . AT commands were used , Secondly sensors were used for obstacle detection . To cut the short story down when we as students developed the prototype its not that difficult for such big organisations to develop and launch them.
Pubudu, thats really great just two fingers on stearing just for legal purposes and the car will drive you strange and impressive . Like Is this Mercedes in market available and what about the peddal does it have a pedal or its completely pedal free.
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