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Car manufactures are spending billions of dollars every year trying to create and release the next big thing in the automotive world.  Technology is often developed a long time before it is ever released in a road car. For instance, Anti Lock Braking (A.B.S) was first developed in 1929 but wasn’t fitted into a production car until the early 1970`s. Lets take a look at one technology that is getting rolled out sooner than you think.

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There is a big focus right now on “driver-less driving” or Autonomous Drive as Volvo call it. The Swedish manufacturer is in the final stages of a project to release 100 Driver-less cars onto roads in  Gothenburg, Sweden. These vehicles will have to combat a wide range of conditions and hazards including traffic jams, pedestrians and ever changing weather conditions.


Volvo has partnered up with the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) and a range of Government departments, Around 1.2 Million are killed on our roads each and every year, this is the  drive behind this joint project is a model of ” Zero Traffic Fatalities” Although this is an ambitious goal, eliminating collisions between cars is the first step to achieving this.

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As well as being able to drive themselves, These cars will also be able to identify, locate and engage a fully automated parking system. This will use sensors in the road to inform a car of a vacant car spot and allocate it to your car.

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Other companies currently trialing “Self drive cars include Toyota, Mercedes – Benz and an interesting field test done by google has seen a Prius travel over 160,000km. There is also a group of Universities including 2 in Australia that are testing robotic or remote controlled transport solutions.

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Although it will be many years before the skill of driving will be lost forever, This is a small taste of what the future holds for the automotive industry world wide.

 

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