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Science in Seconds - Driverless Cars

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RAVES - Driverless Cars Brit Trogen: Imagine you're sitting in your car. Its rush hour, you're stopped at a red light, but when the light changes to green every car on the road instantly begins moving forward in a perfect, synchronized flow while you lean back and sip on a Martini. This is the future of the driverless car. A technology that has the potential to eliminate accidents, clean up the environment and save you a hell of a lot of time. Thanks to incentives like DARPA's Urban Challenge, self-driving cars are now able to obey traffic laws and navigate city streets without human intervention, often using sensors to read road markings and laser perception to detect nearby objects and avoid collision. Automatic vehicles can also use FROG technology: Free Ranging On Grid. These vehicles have GPS-like computers that identify the most convenient route to a destination and count wheel revolutions to keep track of distance, constantly recalibrating their location using electronic landmarks in the area where they're driving. The only problem is, FROG relies on automated highways, which, so far, are only available in limited areas. But despite this, hopes are high. GM plans to begin testing by 2015 and predicts that self-driving cars will be on the road by 2018, and since human error accounts for almost a 100 percent of car accidents, this could result in thousands of lives and millions of dollars being saved every year. Instead of privately-owned vehicles that spend most of the time unused, our society could shift to one of driverless cabs, which would be in use over 90 percent of the time, cutting down on pollution; your very own electronic chauffeur. And best of all, it leaves your hands free for... other pursuits. Oh, yeah! Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 2 minutes and 21 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 202
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

The future of autonomous vehicles.

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