Autonomous Vehicle Survey

Autonomous Vehicle Survey

Autonomous Vehicle Survey

Author Nikhil Kanamarla

Source: Nature.com; infographic that describes various aspects of autonomous vehicles

 

In recent memory, no other technology has dominated the news as much as driverless cars. Over a dozen companies across the world are pursuing the dream of a car that can operate in all road conditions without human intervention. 

At the forefront in this field are the Silicon Valley companies of Tesla and Google. However, both have radically different approaches to the creation of a truly autonomous vehicles. Tesla’s development process is called semi-autonomy, which focuses on activating sensors lying dormant in recent Tesla cars to make them fully autonomous. The cars quickly learn autonomy through observing the driver’s patterns and through correction by the driver.

On the other hand, Google’s Waymo division uses a small fleet of newly-made vehicles with a full autonomous system using a comprehensive sensor network. As the fleet is driven, the Waymo cars learn through experience on the road. Google plans to partner with traditional car companies to distribute its technology. 

The field of autonomous vehicles is advancing fast with companies pouring billions of dollars into R&D (Research and Development).  However, many people are out of the loop when it comes to developments in Silicon Valley. 

Mr. Kramer and I set out to understand what the common person understands of the development of driverless cars. In addition, we are eager to learn the average person's opinion on how autonomous vehicles should be created and their role in our society. We want to ask the students and faculty of the Charter School of Wilmington to fill out a quick survey. This is a part of data collection phase for our Computer Science Paper. We plan to have our Computer Science paper published in a scientific journal. 

Thank you for your cooperation and interest in this process. Here is the link to the google survey: https://goo.gl/forms/fGpP7KYGsK2Pbqhl1

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