A new generation of driverless cars, which use radar, lasers, cameras and other sensors to provide a detailed and detailed view of their surroundings, could revolutionise the way people drive.
The concept, called ‘Autonomous Vehicles for Transport’, or AVTs, is in its early stages but is set to deliver on many of its promise, experts say.
Its a world in which cars are increasingly becoming autonomous.
A car’s sensors are already gathering data from its environment, and they’re also monitoring the driver’s every move, said Professor Peter Diamandis, director of the Centre for Research and Innovation at the University of Melbourne.
But this data is being collected at a higher rate, and there’s more data being collected and analysed by AVTs.
“There’s more that’s available to be analysed,” Professor Diamands told ABC News.
There are now a number of technologies available, including sensors mounted on the front of vehicles.
And the technology is coming together, Professor Dias said.
It’s not just about sensors, and AVTs are becoming more and more powerful.
They’re becoming very good at doing all the different things we need them to do, including the thing that’s very hard, that’s the way we use cars in everyday life, driving on roads, he said.
“It’s very difficult to get the car to recognise people, but they can do a lot of the things that we use cameras to do.”
This year, the AVT concept has received $6.5 million from DARPA, the US Department of Defense.
DARPA is funding the development of “autonomous vehicle technologies that can help protect human life and property from attacks, and the environment, through self-driving technology.”
“The AVT is the next generation of the future of autonomous vehicles,” DARPA said in a statement.
AVTs can now be installed in any car, including a car-sharing service like Uber.
In the future, they could also be used for self-parking.
This means a car would only need to be in its autonomous mode if it is in motion.
While there is currently no standard technology for the AVTs that the public will be able to buy, the Department of Transport said that AVTs could be used in all types of cars.
Automakers have already expressed interest in the technology.
Ford has expressed interest to the Department, as do Toyota and Nissan.
Other companies, including Audi, Volvo and Mercedes, are also considering making use of AVTs in their vehicles.
And this technology is being tested in the US, and Australia is working on a similar project.
Professor Dias is currently in China, where he is working to develop technology for autonomous vehicles in the country’s vast network of highways.
When I was there last year, we were in Shanghai and we had a group of researchers that were working on the AVTS, which is a completely different concept than we had in Australia.
So I was very impressed by the level of interest from China and the amount of people who were working to make AVTs available.
If the technology works well in China and then the US and then elsewhere, then it could become the technology of the century, Professor Dennis Jager, an expert on autonomous vehicles at Stanford University, said.
Professor Jager said there was no single technology that would deliver the AVts of the 2050s.
Autonomous vehicles would need to meet a number and levels of safety and quality that were unique to each country, he added.
“We have to make sure that the safety is good, but we also have to ensure that we’re not making a false promise,” he said, adding that AVT technology was already being tested and could eventually be used by commercial vehicles.