As algorithms have advanced, technology has gotten smarter. Case in point, last month in China, Google’s AlphaGo –AI specifically developed to tackle the ancient strategy game – defeated Go world champion, Ke Jie. In the three game series, AlphaGo beat the Chinese grandmaster by a slim margin. This isn’t the first time the revolutionary machine has proven its superiority in the game. In March in Seoul, South Korea, AlphaGo made history as the first machine to beat one of the world’s top players, Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol.
In honor of National Autonomous Vehicle Day, we wanted to highlight the technological innovations shaping the auto industry. Today, autonomous technology is declared as the future of transport. Automaker heavy hitters are investing billions in its development and even tech giants including Apple, Uber, and Baidu are trying to crack the code. But even though the race for self-driving cars is heating up, a reality where cars can operate sans driver is far from here. Like it or not, human drivers are still essential.
Fortunately, the ongoing advancement of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is significantly improving driver safety. Many automakers are integrating these tech systems into their vehicles. Take BMW’s Remote Control Parking, Tesla’s Autopilot system, Ford’s Evasive Steering Assist, or Range Rover’s adaptive cruise control. While it seems like the speed at which these systems are appearing on the market is accelerating, the products are aimed towards only a portion of drivers on the road. There’s a wide range of solutions for four-wheel cars, but what about large trucks, fleets, and public transport vehicles?