Did you know the first petrol/gasoline powered car was created in 1886 by Karl Benz. It has been 130 years since then and cars have evolved from just a cart with four wheels, a small gasoline engine to cars which are much smarter and can park themselves. Another recent innovation to look forward to includes the self-driving cars. In fact the UAE is planning to welcome these self-driving cars by 2020.
What should you expect?
Self-driving cars will be equipped with high-tech gadgets including lasers, sensors, camera’s to monitor obstacles and every crooks and crevices on the roads, and they will be driven on a fixed route. Such technology will be introduced in places like Masdar City in Abu Dhabi with the aim of reducing the countries carbon footprint. Driverless point to point personal rapid transit system and a ride-sharing programme featuring electric vehicles to transport passengers will be part of the Masdar City.
How will it affect traffic?
Most of the traffic accidents are caused due to human errors. Now imagine a car which can pick and drop you to work and your kids to school. The car will only move in a designated pathway with top speed of 120 kmph and simultaneously read road conditions to ensure safe driving. The chances of causing any accident could drop resulting in smoother traffic due to reduced human error.
Is it eco-friendly?
Regular petrol or diesel engines emit harmful gases which is a major cause of air pollution all over the world. However, this problem has been recognized by the automobile manufacturers who are working their way towards hybrid or fully electric cars resulting in lower gas emissions. The self-driving cars are more likely to be electric powered and can be recharged in just two hours.
How will it increase road safety?
Google has been working on self-driving car’s from quite some time. The technology has been tested on Toyota Prius in 2009, Lexus RX450h in 2012 and their latest prototype model in 2014. Google realized the potential with these smart cars but also the dangers that come with it. To avoid possibilities of technical errors which can harm pedestrians, Google has come up with a solution. It’s an adhesive layer placed in the front of the vehicle and in case of any collision, the pedestrian will simply stick to the adhesive layer until the car comes to a complete stop. Google has patented this unique solution.