Roadblocks remain for autonomous cars – News – Citizens’ Voice

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In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defined five stages of vehicle autonomy, with level 0 being that the driver has full control of steering, brakes and throttle, and level 4 meaning that the car performs all functions independently.Some commercial vehicles are already considered levels 1 and 2, with functions like automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and self-parking.But there’s much to be achieved before level-4 cars chauffeur people around town.Fully autonomous vehicles need to cover two domains: highway driving and urban driving.“Technologically, we’re pretty much there in terms of highway driving,” said John Dolan, principal systems scientist at CMU’s Robotics Institute. The demands of urban driving are “problematic,” he continued. “Nobody’s really claiming they’ve solved it.”There are three major fields when it comes to teaching cars to drive themselves: perception, behaviors and motion planning.

Source: Roadblocks remain for autonomous cars – News – Citizens’ Voice

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