The following years are the best for technology. Nissan is opening the way for self-driving cars. Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan CEO, showed live at CES 2017 how a car can be piloted from a distance, just like a toy car. For this, Nissan used the same technology that NASA used for controlling robots in space.
Nissan calls this technology SAM – seamless autonomous mobility. This technology will make possible for millions of self-driving cars to go out on the road. This may seem as a revolutionary idea, but it might affect the driving job industry. A great number of drivers will risk to remain unemployed, since a self-driving car proves safer and cheaper than a human driver. Drivers will be able to control the cars from a desk, but a single driver will control a bigger number of cars when they encounter situations that they cannot deal with.
One would say that it is impossible for a self-driving car to manage all the situations that occur on the road. Imagine an accident has taken place and there is a police officer that directs the traffic. It would be impossible for the robot car to understand the signs the police officer is making and it would most probably have been programmed the exact opposite of what the officer is indicating.
This is the moment when Nissan’s new technology (SAM) comes in handy. In such difficult situations, the robot car stops working and it sends a request at the command center for someone to take full control of it. The driver steps in and he can remotely pilot the car out of difficulty.
One might also imagine that a bunch of driverless cars can handle a traffic jam better. Robot cars are more organized and not so short-tempered and they can overcome such situations with patience. Actually, traffic jams might become a thing of the past if the road were full only of self-driving cars.
Nissan is planning to test this type of cars in Japan this year. They also promise that self-driving cars with limited autonomy will be available on highways in 2018 and in cities in 2020.
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