Autonomous driving describes the largely self-guided movement of vehicles. They are not controlled by a human being, but by microprocessors, which evaluate data from different sensors and cameras.
Autonomous vehicles are also known as self-driving cars. At the moment almost all major car companies are working on concepts for self-driving cars. And even tech companies like Google have entered the market. The technology, however, is still afflicted by security problems. Self-driving cars are vulnerable to attacks from hackers and remain at risk of traffic accidents caused by software errors.
This week’s show is all about driving, flying and cycling. We navigate the streets of one European city on our bikes. Dodge rush-hour traffic in an electric car in another. And, ever wondered what it takes to be a drone pilot? Wonder no more. All that and more on this jam-packed edition of Spectrum with host Jessie Wingard.
The safety of autonomous vehicles has been called into question after a pedestrian was run over by Uber’s driverless car last week. But that recent incident hasn’t stopped Google’s autonomous car development company, Waymo, from making announcing that it is teaming up with Jaguar to develop the first electric driverless luxury vehicle.