After years of hype, what is next up for self-driving cars? Indeed, our articles on self-driving (autonomous) vehicles date back to 2012.
From earliest to latest, look at these examples:
- What’s Next? A Driverless Car from Google
- The Self-Driving Car: Coming Tomorrow Or in 2020+?
- Tesla’s New $2,500 Software Download for Self-Driving
- Self-Driving Cars: Hacking a Possibility
- What Type of Autonomous Car Is for YOU?
- Testing Self-Driving Cars
Looking Ahead — Next Up for Self-Driving Cars
For this post, we turn to an excellent multi-media discussion from the American Automobile Association (AAA). And it updates and parallels the above information.
To begin, we again define the types of autonomous driving experiences:
Level 0 (No Driving Automation) — Manually controlled without any automation.
Level 1 (Driver Assistance) — Lowest level of automation. With at least one driver-assistance system, such as cruise control.
Level 2 (Partial Driving Automation) — Multiple automated functions, such as steering and acceleration.
Level 3 (Conditional Driving Automation) — Start of truly automated vehicles. Thus, they can make some decisions. However, human drivers are required. And they must be ready to take control of the car.
Level 4 (High Driving Automation) — Vehicles able to perform all driving functions. Yet, only in certain conditions.
Level 5 (Full Driving Automation) — These vehicles perform all driving tasks under all conditions.”
“The technology behind autonomous vehicles has come a long way in a short time. Level 2 and 3 autonomy exists in many cars today. Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise are considered two leaders of such technology. As of March 2019, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration identified on-road testing and development in 34 States and the District of Columbia.”
The Future of self-Driving Cars
“Although many major manufacturers have invested heavily in autonomous vehicles, don’t expect to find self-driving cars at the dealership any time soon. According to the University of Michigan, most industry experts predict level 4 AVs to be available around 2030.“
Now, click the image to read more from the AAA.