The real evolution behind the driverless car revolution

There is no doubt that the revolution in personal transportation is coming – driverless cars will be the future. This revolution-in-the-making has been coming for some time, millions if not billions of dollars have been spent and there is much more research, development and most importantly, testing and proving to come.

Personal transportation is so embedded in almost everyone’s daily life – fundamental changes rarely happen overnight – the segment is just too big, with too many players and there is so much at stake but, nevertheless, one day driverless cars will be commonplace.

In the meantime, behind this revolution, there is a quieter evolution happening. Little glimpses of the future are finding their way into the cars we drive today. Even those of us with relatively modest budgets may well have a car with the ability to warn us if we’re becoming drowsy at the wheel, or drifting out of lane, or managing the car’s headlights.

With todays ever more congested highways, adaptive cruise control allows us to safely follow the traffic, maintaining a safe distance and stopping us when needed. GPS systems are pre-programmed with speed restrictions, but nowadays some cars have the ability to actively read road signs, or detect pedestrians in you path and warn you or take immediate and appropriate action.

All of these features are small steps towards the bigger picture of the driverless car – but the key difference is that these are available today on a mid range car which is being sold in your town – today.

Enabling these Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is an exciting new image processing technology from Toshiba based around scalable low-power processor architectures. To learn more about how Toshiba is leading the way in this field, please click here: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/design-support/innovationcentre/whitepapers/tcm0025_ADAS.html

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