Could Volvo Have the First Self-Driving Car?
Volvo is currently testing out their new self-driving technologies, some of which are already being integrated into their Volvo cars. For those who want a technologically advanced vehicle, there may soon be no better option than a new Volvo.
The Advanced Technology of Volvo
Volvo has added a total of 28 cameras, sensors, lasers, and radar scanners, all of which are working in tandem to create models of the vehicle's surroundings and react to them accordingly. A high definition 3D map and GPS system are being used for an auto pilot mode, which can be used to navigate many roads without the driver having to intervene. There is a multitude of technologies that are going into this.
The Technologies of the Self-Driving Car
Radar and camera systems. The radar and camera system combine to chart the curvature of the road, read traffic signs, and detect things that may disrupt the flow of traffic such as other vehicles and even people.
Four surround radar units. These radars are placed around the car's bumpers and make it easier for the car to perceive things that are around itself.
Surround vision. Additionally, four cameras are used to see what's going on; the images can be detected and analyzed by the car's systems.
Laser scanners. Laser scanners are able to scan for pedestrians, cars, and other objects, directly in front of the car in a 140-degree arc.
Trifocal camera. Three cameras in one create a depth perception field, which is incredibly important for ensuring that the vehicle can react to disruption before it occurs.
Long-range radar. In order to navigate at high speeds, long-range radar units monitor everything occurring behind the car, so that maneuvering is easier.
12 ultrasonic sensors. A total of 12 ultrasonic sensors are placed around the vehicle and will also be able to detect potential issues.
With 3D systems, self-driving cars are not something of the future; it's very possible Volvo may be able to achieve this soon. But it should be noted that these technologies are not solely for the cars of the future. Many of these systems are currently being added in now because they can add to the safety and stability of a car. These sensors are already being used in smaller scale in Volvo cars today in order to automatically detect and react to potential collisions. These systems increase driver and passenger safety and make the Volvo a great choice for a safe car.
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