Are Atlanta Roadways Ready For An Autonomous Future? A High View To Where We’re Headed (Hypepotamus)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 2, 2018) — Many of us have a certain vision of how autonomous vehicles, a smart, driverless vehicle, will look like. Whether you have your favorite sci-fi movie or the Jetsons in your mind, the technology is quickly evolving past our imagination and into the real world.

After approving regulations this past February, California is now allowing autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads without a back-up human inside ready to jump in just in case something goes awry.

“The pace of this technology is quite dramatic,” says Dr. Kevin McFall, associate professor and interim chair of mechatronics engineering in KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “Ten years ago, traditional cruise control was the closest it came. For several years now, backup cameras augmented with the vehicle’s path, automatic obstacle detection and braking, parking assist, etc. have become standard equipment on even non-luxury vehicles.”

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