New Technology in Autonomous Vehicles to Reduce Number of Accidents?

South Korean car parts firm Hyundai Mobis, showcased its Communication Lighting concept at the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas.

What is this new technology?

The concept uses an ‘Indicating Lighting Zone’ which lets other road users know when an autonomous vehicle is in self-driving mode. The new technology also includes ‘Communication Lighting Zone’ which comprise components like LED digital boards, headlamp projection and sound. The combination of all the components indicate to other vehicles and/or pedestrians what the scenario is, making it safer for everyone.

The firm says autonomous vehicles outfitted with its Communication Lighting can detect a pedestrian from more than 450 feet away. Upon detection, headlamps project a bright red warning symbol indicating to the pedestrians that is unsafe for them to move in front of the vehicle. When the vehicle reaches a complete stop, the headlamps project a crosswalk symbol onto the ground to indicate to nearby pedestrians that it is safe to proceed.  As pedestrians clear the path of the vehicle, LED boards begin signaling when the vehicle is about to resume motion by counting down—similar to traditional crossing signs used today—while showing directional arrows that indicate the direction the vehicle intends to move.

“Light has been used as a conduit for communication among vehicles and pedestrians for almost as long as the automobile has existed, so we are excited to lead the evolution of this technology to save lives and offer peace of mind to all that use the road,” said Mirco Goetz, director of lamp engineering, Hyundai Mobis.

A few questions to consider…How would this affect insurance rates on vehicles?  Will rates be less expensive because there is less room for driver error?  Or would rates increase due to the cost of replacement for this new technology?  Would this new technology contribute to distracted driving? The future of car technology and how it will affect us all remains to be seen but, it is predicted that by 2040, 75% of vehicles on the road will be autonomous. Here is a round-table article written in 2016 by LCR, that you may find informative especially if you’re interested in new car technology. We hope this was an interesting read.

 

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