Are you ready for the year 2030? Most of us can hardly imagine what life will be like then, although we can probably set aside flying cars and time travel for now. At CES 2019, a company called Veoneer showed me what the future will be like, and it might be an interesting ride to say the least. First, I should mention that the technology is still in development. Everything worked fine, but what made me wonder the most about where this technology is heading has nothing to do with the sensor technology Veoneer makes. It has everything to do with human drivers. That’s one thing that’s easy to predict about the future: human drivers will still be involved. A racetrack for robots My test took place on a course behind the convention center in Las Vegas. The lot looked a bit like a racetrack for robots, with brightly painted lane markings on black asphalt. The car, splashed with the Veoneer logo and the name LIV (which stands for Learning Intelligent Vehicle), could do more than just drive on its own. I slipped into the backseat to monitor what was happening. The test was quite complex. First we were chased down by a Veoneer security car acting like a police interceptor. The driver, who had obviously never driven in an autonomous car before, did not quite understand what to do at this point. (He was supposed to grab the wheel and pull over to the side.) We braked and the… [Read full story]
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