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.
Self-driving cars, 360-degree live broadcasts and service technicians equipped with 3D headsets - all that will be possible once data transfer takes place in real-time. And that's pretty much what the new wireless standard 5G offers. Thirty times faster than 4G LTE. Some applications are being tested at the port in Hamburg.
A study by MIT about self-driving cars as "moral machines" has triggered a hefty and controversial debate among journalists at DW's Science Department. Here are five contentious aspects — and what five authors think.