Self-driving Technology Currently on Trial

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Autonomous technology is picking up pace, and it won't be long before we have self-driving cars on the road. Currently, many EV startups, ride-hailing companies, and tech firms are ramping up efforts to make autonomous vehicles a reality. The investment going into this venture is enormous, which is why we will see a positive change sooner rather than later.

Let's take a look at some of the ongoing developments in technology.

Venturer & Gateway

First up is Venturer & Gateway, a British based company currently conducting trials for their autonomous technology. The company started Project Driven four years ago and published the findings in 2019. In another instance, they kickstarted another trial called Streetwise. The results for both trials were promising. Project Dirven and Streetwise navigated through the busy streets of London avoiding pedestrians, manoeuvring the car through rain, snow and every other obstacle imaginable.

Nissan’s Human Drive

The Japanese automotive brand Nissan is also working on self-driving cars, and their research is currently in the trial phase. Nissan’s Human Drive will allow passengers to relax in the car while the vehicle drives itself. Several sensors will adorn the car to let it learn about the dangers on the road ahead and avoid them simultaneously.

Aurrigo’s Autonomous Tech

The Aurrigo charity programme helps veterans get back on their feet after they have returned from war. It focuses on soldiers who have lost their eyesight in battle and gives them an easy way to commute to and from important community locations. In a trial conducted by the company, 420 passengers were transported to the church or a park in an autonomous pod.

Aurrigo will focus on building autonomous vehicles for public places as well. They intend to conduct further trials on airports, malls, and university campuses. Their trial also included a test run at the Welsh Open Tournament, where numerous golfers were transported in self-driving caddies.

CAVForth Trial

In an attempt to reach a larger customer base and to conduct a study with more test subjects, several passengers will be given a ride across Forth Bridge. The brains behind the project is a company called Fusion Processing. The trial will include five 42-seater buses that will function on a 30-mile long route. The bus will run from Fife to Edinburgh Park at a speed of 50 mph.

A 15-hour operating window will mean that 10,000 passengers will use the service in a week. The buses will use Fusion Processing's unique CAVstar control and sensing system. As a result, various sensors will be added to the steering wheel, throttle and brake pedal for control. The optical sensors, radars, infrared sensors, and cameras will give information to the computer, and it will act accordingly.

These buses will run on level 4 autonomy, which means they will travel on a fixed path, with the driver needing to put in very little input.

Final Thoughts

Autonomous vehicles will first become popular in public spaces. The sooner that happens, we will see fewer accidents and more road safety.