Driverless cars are now legal in California and Nevada, where Google has been testing its driverless vehicles out Researchers at Ohio State University are also working on their own version of a car that can drive itself.
Arda Kurt of the OSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department explains how the technology workers:
“These cars, or these robots in the smaller scale, either have a bunch of sensor-like cameras or radars that they use to detect other traffic and pedestrians around them. They also have wireless communications capabilities between vehicles and traffic lights. For instance, they get all this data and they try to form a picture of their environment, a computer understanding of their environment."
Kurt, using a small-scale roadway and miniature driverless cars to demonstrate, says that the cars take all the data and make their own decisions about speed, turns, stops, and lane changes.
According to Kurt, the driverless car could provide commuters with many new options:
"The most practical reason that I feel is that no one likes to commute. So, if you can have this capability on your car, talking about Columbus, you can drive up to 315, push a button and read your morning newspaper till you come to the exit that you're going to take on 315, and take it from there, initially."
While commuting in a car that is controlled by a computer may be scary to some, Kurt says that in most cases, you'd actually be safer in a driverless car because the car pays attention when drivers do not.