Driverless Cars Are Going to Need a Brain
Sensor technology might be a driverless car’s eyes and ears, but AI is the critical component

Despite all the buzz around driverless cars from the last few years, we’ve actually been developing the technology to make them work for decades.

Originally, it was thought that our roads would guide cars in the future, but this approach has been replaced by a newer and more adaptive one, in which the cars themselves figure out where to go and how to get there.

According to Chris Giarratana, contributing writer at ReadWrite, a key innovation behind this new driverless car template, is artificial intelligence, or AI.

By sampling data from a car’s embedded radar, LIDAR, GPS, and cameras, an AI algorithm can read and understand its surroundings and react accordingly.

Much like how a human brain works, AI can truly think about what it’s doing — except it never takes its “eyes” off the road — and never becomes distracted.

Better yet, it unlike humans, it’s a master of multitasking: It can drive and respond to your voice commands without skipping a beat.

For more, read the full article on ReadWrite.

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