The evolving of technology is opening more and more doorways to a new way of life. Although the Internet began life in a primitive state, it has become one of the main features of our daily life. Regardless of whether we're looking to stay in touch with friends, or create a brand online, the Internet has proven to be an innovation we couldn't do without. While driverless car may seem like dystopia to some, it's simply showcases of how far we've come when it comes to new ways of travelling. The introduction of electric vehicles has showcased how a simple tweak to a conventional mode of transport introduces a slew of benefits, such as a healthier environment, and less reliance of fossil fuel.
Sony has developed a CCD image sensor that can help autonomous cars make sense of electronic road signs and see better when transitioning between dark tunnels and daylight. The IMX390 sensor has an anti-flicker function that means images of LED road signs come out clear. As LED signs are often used to indicate temporary road conditions or changes in speed limits, it's important for an autonomous car to be able to recognize them. On a standard sensor, LED signs appear to flicker or have a strobing effect due to a difference in the rate at which the sensor scans every second and the road sign is displayed. A similar problem is sometimes seen when a conventional camera is pointed towards a television set.
Car giant General Motors has slammed tech start-up Tesla for planning to release autonomous vehicle technology before it's ready. Tesla's entrepreneurial boss Elon Musk claims his cars "already have the hardware needed for a full self-driving capability", known in the industry as a "Level Five" engineering standard. However in a briefing about autonomous cars to Australian media in Detroit overnight, Scott Miller, General Motors' director of autonomous vehicle integration said "I think he's full of crap", when asked what he thought about Musk's claim. "If you think you can see everything you need for a Level Five autonomous (car) with cameras and radar, I don't know how you do that," said Mr Miller. "To be what an SAE Level Five full autonomous system is, I don't think he (Elon Musk) has the content to do that."
Driving a car is an extremely complex activity -- somehow we manage to control all that technology and keep our eyes on many things going on around us. We manage to do it well enough that there are not many accidents. But how much can we rely on software to control a car? It ought to be smarter, but does that make driving safer? A fatal accident in May 2016 involving a Tesla Motors car on autopilot made it clear that we can't fully trust it yet, even if, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk says, one fatality in 130 million miles of autopilot relates well to one fatality in 94 million miles of conventional driving.