By Abid Hussein
We watched the auto majors race to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) space and their work on the self-driving cars of the future. Both fuel cell and battery-powered vehicles will be considered the same generation, although the latter has taken the lead to some extent. This will cause a regional battle over which country is developing a charging infrastructure versus H2 availability; similar to diesel vs gasoline cars.
However, there is an important debate about how a self-sustaining infrastructure could be constructed and uniformly implemented for developed, developing or underdeveloped countries. We cannot have the same results. However, companies like Tesla, Apple, and Google have shown good models, but they seem achievable for developed countries. Tesla sort of figured this out during the trip and started securing a secure underground infrastructure for their high-speed autonomous driving experience plane. It would be real in a lot less time than an all-train self-driving car.
Additionally, the standalone subscription feature will be subject to mass availability, which Tesla is offering for $ 199 (INR 14,000) per month. It is not profitable for any market as it is more of a luxury item than a security item. For a global implementation, there would be the bottleneck of IOT technologies and smart infrastructure. Only with these can we think of a 100% autonomous driving experience. It should also be available as an essential item as seat belts or airbags. The functionality should be available to all users at a low subscription rate or factory added value.
Increasing human fatigue, unruly traffic conditions and human error have increased traffic accidents. Below is an old but very relevant world map of road accidents. Population growth, urbanization and human fatigue lead to more human errors and, in the absence of sufficient infrastructure and public transport, road accidents are on the rise.
In another European figure, 80% of the victims are due to passengers, pedestrians and motorcycles. This is enough to prove that a semi-autonomous safe driving system is now needed with electric cars.
Semi-autonomy is the way to go
A semi-autonomous driving system will use an AI-based model to read outside traffic or uncertainties such as pedestrian safety (human, animal passage) or stone from landslides. In addition, a car steering based on touch sensors will read driver impulses and fatigue, and motion sensors will read drivers’ movement. AI speech recognition can also differentiate normal conditions from fatigue or emergency SOS conditions. Ford recently conducted an investigation into human fatigue.
All this external and internal data will be connected to a central processor operating passively and at the same time, if any internal or external obstruction happens, it takes control of the driver’s driving and switches to the active autonomous function for safer output. of the condition this can be a probable cause of a major accident.
With existing AI and sensor technologies dominating the Ind 4.0 revolution, a probable crash could be avoided or minimized with minimal loss. The automotive majors are investing in the development of the semi-autonomous system which will be safer and universally available. We can call it Ind 4.G.
(The author is Brand Product Portfolio Leader at CNH Industrial, Mexico. Opinions are personal.)
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