So, it occurred to us that though we have been discussing a lot of content regarding the upcoming autonomous vehicles that has the industry running amuck, we have neglected to really define a few key points and discuss the bare bones basics of self driving and thought that now, on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Car Dealer in Canada, we will do just that.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),’autonomous’ or ‘self-driving’ vehicles are those in which operation of the vehicle occurs without direct driver input to control the steering, acceleration, and braking and are designed so that the driver is not expected to constantly monitor the roadway while operating in self-driving mode.”  This is how we begin, by quoting one of the most reputable voices in the industry, which is the NHTSA of course, and go with the most basic of all definitions for what constitutes a self-driving Buick Car in Thunder Bay, or any other make and model that is coined as autonomous in the future.

In addition to the above statement and truth, it is expected by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers that 75% of cars on the roadways in the world will be autonomous by 2040.  That is in Canada also, and all around the world, not only in the US.  Additionally, a recent study says that the initial set of autonomous driving cars will be hitting the scene as soon as 2019.  That is only 2 years from now.  You may already be aware that Google® is the pioneer in self driving technology. We found through our research done on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Car Sales and Service in ON that this began in 2005.  “In 2005, Google established a team of engineers, led by Sebastian Thrun, who developed a robotic vehicle that won a contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).”  They have been testing and making improvements ever since that time and have made quite a bit of headway in this category of study and future. In fact, according to Google, these cars have been carrying on for some time now, without incident.  In their eyes, introducing human error would make things less safe and autonomous cars should be just that where everyone is concerned.