The idea of a robot car may seem outlandish and futuristic, but automotive technology has been gradually automating over time. In 1939, General Motors took the first bold step forward with automatic transmission. More recently, GPS tracking became prevalent. The pace of adoption for automation technologies has increased rapidly since the turn of the century, as computers have become more sophisticated and virtual technology has accelerated to allow for more complex processing and integration of data.
In other words, like images in your side mirrors, the self-driving car was always much closer than it appeared. It does not need to be built “from the ground up.” Instead, the automated features in cars that have been developed over the years are being pieced together and combined with new technologies and software to allow for 100% self-driving capabilities.
One important advance in computing technology that will allow these cars to eventually drive without human assistance is Cloud Computing. Speed, efficiency, reliability and affordability all make Cloud Computing the simple and most efficacious choice to host the applications that allow for interaction between cars and elements of the road.Continue