For a long time, the news about the development and testing of driverless cars are hitting the headlines. Now, it is reportedly making a step by step progress in developing absolute driverless car ecosystem a reality. Gartner predicts that as many as 21 million vehicles will be equipped with data connectivity either by a built-in module or connected to a mobile device in 2017.
Since the driverless car system is using data connectivity to control the mobility of the vehicle, the prediction has more importance in driverless car point of view. It is previously reported that the next important extension of the internet expected to happen in vehicles, after smartphones. The connectivity to the vehicles will make them a larger version of smartphones that can move around. The driverless car would have Wi-Fi, and other connectivity like LTE or more advancement connectivity technologies enabled. Also with LiDAR and radar, each car manufacturer has to design the vehicle in an internet ecosystem. It was previously reported that the automobile industry in owning separate spectrum to use for vehicle-infrastructure and vehicle-vehicle communications.
The advancement of data analytics based on artificial intelligence is a major factor that can leverage the progress of the driverless car. There are reports suggesting that at least 50 percent of the manufacturers would go for advanced data analytics by 2020 and it will help them to identify and correct the defected products. This will reduce the percentage of defect cars selling in the market, thus reduce the recalls and other repairs. The advanced data analytics system would help in developing defect-less autonomous car system.
The progress of biometric and sensing abilities would also play an important role in autonomous vehicle transition. Imagine that there is an option to move to the driverless mode when the driver is in an endangered situation, would become an instant hit. The patent of Ford for a system to prevent incoming calls to the driver when he is not in proper condition can be seen as the first step to it.
However, there are some hurdles that need to be cleared before making connected cars a reality. The regulatory hurdles are the most prominent one as there are concerns regarding the accuracy of the system. Accidents reported in the trials have alarmed the governments to go strictly with rules. Also, considering the various complex systems used in the driverless vehicles and their fragmented developments working against the wishes of the industry.