Autonomous Vehicles

More than 500 years after Leonardo Da Vinci built his famed robotic cart, which was self-propelled and capable of pre-programmed maneuvering, the world is finally entering the era of driverless vehicles capable of safely negotiating busy city streets and winding country roads through the use of use of radars, lasers, cameras and GPS technology.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being touted by technology firms and traditional carmakers alike for their possible use as on-demand robo-taxis and shared-fleet vehicles, shuttle buses and package-delivery vans, long-haul trucks and row-crop tractors. Governments are looking at them for their potential to reduce the staggering number of vehicle-related deaths, lessen fuel consumption and emissions, provide mobility to the elderly, and optimize urban land use by eliminating the need for parking spaces and structures.

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