The sixth annual Automated Vehicles Symposium was held last week in Orlando, Florida from July 15th to 18th. Its a hotbed for discussion among industry leaders, researchers, and policymakers revolving around autonomous tech. Whether the general public sees driverless cars on roads currently or not, there are advances being made in autonomous technology.
The general consensus among industry professionals is that implementation for full level-5 self-driving cars is probably a decade away or more. Tech companies alongside carmakers are working hard to develop the technology though major investments.
Where Advances are Being MadeLiDAR
Light detection and ranging sensors, better known as LiDAR, have been around for years. Their an integral part of many AV tech features and are foundational for true level-5 autonomy. However, the cost of LiDARs have dropped to about 10 percent of what they cost five years ago while the technology is becoming more refined and reliable.
Level 4 Parking
Carmakers have been introducing parking-assist technologies already such as Fords Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. That tech is going much deeper now. As an example, Bosch and Daimler have partnered to develop automated valet parking that has been tested for the first time in Stuttgart, Germany. The car doesnt need a driver ...