Will Self Driving Cars Lead to Cars with No Driver Seats?

   

Research for Self Driving Cars is Moving Ahead Quickly.

Drivers today, have to be aware of not just other drivers but unexpected hazards such as deer and weather that requires them to react in an instant or risk a crash. This does not seem to have stopped the average driver from creating their own distractions from texting or talking on their cell phones. I have seen drivers in rush hour, eating, brushing their hair and doing their make-up.

How a self driving car sees the road

How a self driving car sees the road

With this dangerous combination it is no wonder that there are so many car crashes, injures and fatalities every year. It seems that we need to come up with a technological solution that does not involve pulling us away from our distractions.

The self driving test car for the simulator

The self driving test car for the simulator

This is where the autonomous or self driving car comes in and researchers from all of the major car companies are making great strides in achieving it. So how exactly does this technology work, making decisions that the human brain seems to do if focused on the task at hand?

In this TED video you will see how one research group is tackling the challenge of programming a self driving car to be able to react to completely new hazards as well as ones that we can predict will happen.

When this technology is perfected there really will not be any need for a drivers seat and maybe vehicles will turn into more like trains where the unseen conductor is a computer.