Self driving cars function using a combination of software, radar, lasers, sensors, maps, and cameras among other things to properly function. Software processes all of these inputs and ultimately sends instructions to the vehicles accelerators, brakes, and steering mechanisms. These are called the actuators of the vehicle.
Self Driving Trucks are already making deliveries for the US Postal Service. Many auto manufacturers such as Tesla and Ford have very big plans for self driving vehicles. Here is a thorough analysis of the plans Ford has for this emerging marketplace.
It can be a challenge trying to keep up with all of the new and incredible technologies constantly emerging. We have robots in retail stores, new privacy first search engines like DuckDuckGo, mining asteroids, and of course the never ending quest to get more lithium out of the Earth so we can have more fun with more new toys.
In August of 2019 a new self driving shuttle service actually began operations in NYC. The service shuttles folks around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
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