The German automaker Volkswagen Group expects self-driving cars to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030.
Herbert Dees, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, confirmed in a press release that the era of computer chips used in self-driving cars and the rapid development of artificial intelligence will make great strides.
Sales officials at the world’s largest automaker said: “We expect these systems to be operational soon, even in complex autonomous driving situations.”
According to the global “Business Insider” website, there is strong competition in the market between 3 American companies to build updated systems for autonomous cars such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Intel.
Qualcomm recently expanded its competition to “Snapdragon Ride Platform” and “Snapdragon 855”, which include scalable chipsets that integrate audio and video power through 4 levels of freedom between driver assistance and fully self-driving cars.
Implemented as part of the car production process by 2023, the system will include advanced image processors, digital signals, graphics processing units and a high-performance CPU for decision making.
According to the report, Nvidia also has agreements with leading international companies such as Toyota, Volvo and Audi to develop autonomous systems.
Intel is working with its subsidiary Mobile to execute contracts to design driving systems for BMW, Fiat Chrysler and Wymo for autonomous driving, with the company earning a record $ 229 million in autonomous vehicle system development for the quarter ended September 28th. .
There are 5 levels of self-driving cars from Level 1 to Level 5, which have no automation and are completely autonomous, in which the car can drive itself without human intervention.
Cars from the fourth level are called “high automation” vehicles, which can fully control the steering and speed, and in most cases the driver can take over the car without controlling the car.
In some areas these cars can be driven in fully automated mode.
Most of the cars now called self-driving vehicles are “Level II” cars, which have “driver assistance” programs.
These cars provide some steering control to keep the car in the traffic lane and to control the speed to keep a certain distance from other cars, but this requires constant attention and intervention from the driver, while only autonomous driving is allowed in very restricted areas.
A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, has created an electronic program aimed at ensuring the safety of self-driving cars on the roads and preventing accidents.
Matthias Altof, a professor of cyber systems at the Technical University of Munich, says that events such as approaching a crossroads, another vehicle suddenly entering a side road, or overtaking a pedestrian in front of a car all represent major challenges for system – controlled autonomous cars. PC “.
He added that the ultimate goal of the program is to ensure that self-driving cars do not cause accidents. The new program can analyze events and predict developments as the car moves.