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The numerous pieces of information are connected with the help of intelligent software that continuously learns – but is technology capable of replacing human intuition at the same level? The future may well have entirely new types of sensor that can recreate the human intuition associated with driving.

For now, we can compensate the lack of intuition with computing power to process huge amount of data in the car of the future so that it will not rely solely on perceiving its immediate surroundings. Instead, all road users will share information about their environment. An individual vehicle can, thus, evaluate any situation with consideration of the wider context. For example, if our vehicle receives secured information from preceding vehicles that the road is slippery due to ice, our vehicle adapts its driving behaviour in good time. In turn, our vehicle provides information about the traffic and driving conditions for others. Of course, this information is also available to me if I am driving the vehicle manually, and this means more safety and more fun while driving. Only with absolute reliability will drivers like me be willing to delegate responsibility to the vehicle without having safety and security concerns.

Beyond the realm of technology, autonomous driving systems will only become widespread if they are realized at competitive prices. In other words: systems that are as reliable as those in an aircraft and, yet, still affordable for every car owner; if laws and traffic regulations are adapted to safely launch autonomous cars in an environment dominated by cars without V2V, and in an environment shared with inexperienced drivers.

Chua Chee Seong is VP, Automotive Regional Centre, Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He is responsible for sales, marketing, OEM business development, concept engineering and application engineering. His portfolio includes automotive electronics for powertrain, safety, body and hybrid electric vehicle segments.

 
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