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Self driving cars are still a distant dream

Snapshot: Self driving cars may seem like they're at the horizon, but in reality they are still a distant dream

Cars today are becoming increasingly intelligent and engaging in the user experience. They seem to have the greatest and the latest when it comes to roading the driver behaviour, in the car and the ones in cars around as well. They help you stay in line, keep lanes, alert you if you're backing up into something, and cruise control systems keep you relaxed while the car controls the rate of acceleration and braking. Now, to add to that, imagine a car which does all that and more. One which even navigates itself through complex situations such as city traffic and traffic jams.

These systems seem to be intelligent, but can be limited in their functionality and usability becasue of the internet speed that they can communicate to other devices at. A phone with a high speed internet would need to be paired to the system so that it can communicate with the other cars over a centrall server which recieves, processes and dispaches data back to the car and others around. If the internet speed is slow, in a situation where every millisecond adds up, it could spell disaster. This issue has been addressed by various manufacturers who are investing into this technology and have raised requests for development in 4G LTE technologies and 5G technologies. 

It is a long wait till we get such technology in India. The road conditions would make it very difficult for the car to be able to navigate - the cycles, cycle rickshaws, and herds of people crossing streets from every angle possible, some that cannot be defined in science. Google seems to have been working with agencies worldwide to make cars that will learn form human drivers, and then apply the generated algorithms to drive the car and take decisions like the driver would have. Are these technologies going to justify the hype they created at the Censumer Electronic Show, will be answered only to those who are willing to wait till the year 2035.

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