What is a self-driving car?

A self-driving car provides a more effective way of travelling from place to place, with little, or even no input needed from its human driver. Some driverless cars follow the traffic on busy roads and function without any hassle.

How do driverless cars work?

With the use of powerful computers and high-quality sensors, driverless cars produce an accurate image of the landscape around them and provide the driver with an effortless, yet safe route for the journey ahead. If travelling is just too tiring for you, and you feel like you need a break, then a self-driving car is ideal.

Although most self-driving cars require little or no input from us, some of them need do need assistance now and again, especially on the busier roads. Part-autonomous vehicles require a minimum amount of support when travelling if routes become more complex, but the auto-system will notify you several times before you need to take the wheel.

Level 0 self-driving cars with no autonomy:

Despite the monitoring systems within them, level 0 self-driving cars have no control and the driver is completely responsible for the vehicle.

Level 1 self-driving cars with assisted autonomy:

With the support of its human driver, assisted autonomy self-driving cars are able to control some functions of the vehicle and feature a self-parking system that enables you to operate the adaptive cruise controls and pedals, while automatically following the vehicle in front.

Level 2 self-driving cars with partial autonomy:

Although the driver is able to kick back and relax in a partial autonomy self-driving vehicle, human input may still be required to a certain extent. So, the driver must be aware of their surroundings and give their full attention to the road in front of them.

Level 3 self-driving cars with conditional autonomy:

While accelerating, steering and braking are all covered by the auto-system in conditional autonomy driverless cars, the driver must be at the wheel and give their full attention always in case they are needed to take over.

Level 4 self-driving cars with high autonomy:

There really isn’t much that a high-autonomy vehicle can’t do. The driver is not required to take over the wheel at any point and doesn’t need to pay attention to the road, however, drivers must remain vigilant if the vehicle has to stray from its original route.

Level 5 self-driving cars with full autonomy:

The full autonomy car is able to drive itself with no human intervention at all, and according to experts, we may not be able to test drive it until 2030. However, when it is released, it’ll be perfect for when you’ve had a tough day and you don’t feel like driving home.

John from Eden Commercials believes that this technology is the future, especially if it is passed over to vans.