Self-Driving Cars - What You Need to Know

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Self-driving cars are an emerging technology that will dramatically transform how we travel and transport goods. Like all disruptive technologies there are benefits and costs to autonomous cars, so it is important that we understand their strengths and weaknesses to use them wisely.

Here you will find information about how self-driving cars work, as well as information about major technology players, relevant industry standards, and other self-driving car resources.

What is a self-driving car?
A self-driving car (a.k.a. autonomous car, driverless car, robotic car) is an automobile that is capable of sensing its external environment and safely navigating without human input. Self-driving cars typically rely on GPS to guide their navigation and employ various sensors to provide information about their immediate environment. Advanced sensors commonly employed include cameras, radar, and lidar, Advanced control systems analyze sensor information to identify appropriate navigation paths that are safe and efficient.
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Why do we need self-driving cars?
Self-driving cars are needed because of the following reasons:
  1. Reduced accidents
  2. Improved mobility for elderly and disabled
  3. Increased highway speed and capacity; reduced traffic congestion
  4. Reduced parking problems
  5. Reduced fuel consumption
  6. Reduction in traffic enforcement personnel
  7. Enhanced human productivity
For further information about Self-Driving Cars check out the How It Works and Self-Driving Car FAQ sections, and subscribe to the Self-Driving Car Discussion Group.

Are self-driving cars safe?
Proponents of self-driving cars commonly argue that, in general, they are safer than human-driven vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) human error is the cause of 94% of car crashes, where human errors include drunk driving, speeding, distraction, and fatigue.

However, a recent report from RAND Corporation says autonomous vehicles would need to be tested “hundreds of millions of miles and sometimes hundreds of billions of miles” to gain enough information to compare its safety to human-driven automobiles.
For further information about Self-Driving Cars check out the How It Works and Self-Driving Car FAQ sections, and subscribe to the Self-Driving Car Discussion Group.

Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don't have to be that good to be much better.Marc Andreessen
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