In 2013, the USDOT released policy on automated vehicle development that classifies vehicles into five levels, ranging from level of automation 0 to 4, where 3 stands for “Limited Self-Driving Automation” and 4 stands for “Full Self-Driving Automation.”
Tech companies (Uber, Google, Zoox and Navya) and some car makers (GM, Audi, Tesla) are working hard to bring self-driving vehicles to life. The first cars are expected to be on the road in five to seven years. TechCrunch: Driving the new American century. According to Morgan Stanley, self-driving cars will positively contribute to the U.S. economy to the tune of about $1.3 trillion annually. Morgan Stanley: Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Now
But how do cars actually drive themselves? They use sensors such as cameras, Lidar and V2X, with the latter supplied by Savari. Both cameras and Lidar over the past years have become mainstream and are being included by most car manufacturers in their new and always more automated cars. V2X complements this picture by eliminating the need for line of sight, and instead providing 360-degree coverage with more than a one mile of radius and centimeter-level accuracy. Savari’s V2X technology strengthens and compliments the existing suite of sensors. In various test beds all over the world, Savari is working to advance this technology and make it ready for the self-driving car revolution.