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What’s Driving Driverless Cars?

The Fuel Behind Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles aren’t just driven by fuel or electricity (or both) — they have another power source. Data. Data drives everything from the everyday — GPS navigation — to the ability to automatically parallel park, find a parking space, or even be summoned back to its owner from a remote location.

Our new video, below, provides insight about autonomous vehicles from leaders and innovators in government, research and development and industry. When you’re done watching, check out our collection of driverless car facts!

Fact #1

Autonomous vehicles need hyper accurate GPS mapping data to ensure save navigation. While conventional navigation systems are typically accurate to within 10-20 feet, driverless car systems need to be accurate to within 10-20 centimeters (Google has confirmed their technology is accurate to within 10 centimeters).  As part of the investment in developing autonomous vehicles, Audi AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG completed a joint acquisition of Nokia’s advanced digital mapping technology. Source.

Fact #2

IHS Automotive has predicted that by 2035, about 10% of vehicles sold will be completely autonomous and that about 76 million vehicles on the road will use some degree of self-driving technology. Source.

Fact #3

Ford claims its driverless cars can navigate completely in the dark, even driving 60 miles per hour at night, with no headlights or streetlights, on curved roads. Source.

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