Monday, November 16, 2015

Hyundai released a touching video that shows one big way driverless cars will make the world a better place

Hyundai, like many other auto companies, is working to have a driver-less car on the market by 2020, and the company released a video over the weekend that shows the amazing potential of autonomous vehicles.
The video chronicles the story of a young, blind boy in Korea who loves cars and plays with toy versions of them in his home.
But, unfortunately, his blindness prevents him from having a true driving experience. As the video shows, the boy is unable to participate in go karts with other kids his age.
So the child's parents meet with Hyundai engineers, who seat the boy in a miniature version of a Hyundai Sonata. The boy presses the engine button and the car takes him around a race track. It shows the car's ability to turn around corners and stop at a red lights without any driver intervention.
The car also gives verbal instructions while stopping or when an obstacle is in the vicinity. When the car approaches a yellow barrier, it swerves around it with plenty of time.
The video ends by showing how Hyundai cars use sensors to detect curves in the road or objects they must navigate around.
It's a unique way to show how autonomous driving technology will become advanced enough that, eventually, drivers won't need to be present when a vehicle is operating.
It's a model we are already starting to see in some corners of the world. Citymobil2 —a pilot program for automated transportation systems funded by the European Union — has installed electric, driverless shuttles in several countries that are transporting passengers on public roads without any driver present.

Here's the video. It's in Korean, but you don't really need to speak the language to understand what it's trying to convey.


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