One of the main problems behind driverless cars is getting the technology to avoid colliding with other traffic and obstacles, on the road and beside it. This is a problem that is many orders of magnitude more complex than most people would, at first, recognize. The ability of a machine to operate in a complex, three-dimensional environment with multiple uncontrolled events happening at the same time is an incredibly difficult problem that is ultimately being solved through the use of highly sophisticated artificial-intelligence solutions.
Jason Hope is one of the nation’s leading internet entrepreneurs. The Arizona native was the first to develop the online content streaming model for mobile devices, a business that was emulated a decade after he first devised it by such giants of mobile telephony as Apple and Android. Today, Hope has taken to the internet, blogging and writing for various tech outlets about the ways in which the coming technologies created by the Internet of Things will be able to radically transform the lives of everyday Americans, leading to a new era of leisure through the complete automation of menial labor.
One of the themes that Hope has repeated in his writing is the fact that many of the current technologies being deployed by the most advanced Internet of Things applications, such as driverless cars, are actually developments, sometimes not even highly modified, of technologies that have already existed in applications throughout various U.S. industries. One of these is the technology that underlies the ability of driverless cars to avoid collisions with each other.
This is a direct offshoot from the sophisticated systems that first started being developed for use in commercial aircraft throughout the 1980s. Known as the traffic collision avoidance system, this high-tech application allows pilots to avoid mid-air collisions with other aircraft, a problem that was common throughout the early years of U.S. aviation but which almost disappeared from the U.S. skies after the advent of this crucial technology.
Today, many of the same components and principles used in traffic collision avoidance systems are being directly applied to the realm of driverless cars.