Steering wheel out, processor in – The automobile future

The international magazine WIRED frequently features very exciting topics re, technology and taks a look into the future of science, technology and society. Recently WIRED has published an article about a study of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The survey basis on the answers of 300 experts from different industries who are up to date with the automation and the increasing level of technology in processes in today´s economy.

Their conclusion: In 2030 new cars will come without a horn, without driving mirror and without emergency brake. In 20135 you will not find a brake pedal, no accelerator pedal and even no steering wheel. Why? Because the cars will drive fully autonomous in 20 years, so the experts say.

The major car manufacturers have made incredible progress in the last couple of years to come up with cars which act widely autonomously in specific situations. These are for example advanced parking assistants systems, cruise control in combination with distance keeping warning systems, lane departure warning systems and the automatic detection of pedestrians and safety hazards. In all these areas the automation of driving has been almost brought to perfection.

But there is still a long way to go until we reach the level of completely autonomous driving. From a technology perspective several solutions need to be optimized – but that is just a question of time and investment. There are some questions which might me more difficult to answer: What happens in the case of an accident – can a PC be held responsible for an accident? And what will insurances do? Will the IT of the car have an impact on the insurance fee? What will the law maker say?

And finally, the development of e-mobility will have an impact, too. Electrical drive engineering and the charging technology will influence the cars of the future and this of course will also change the requirements for charging stations and their technology.

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