Research on Self-driving Cars
How it works
I am doing my research on self-driving cars. A self-driving is basically just a car that drives itself. It is a car or truck in which human drivers are never required to take control to safely operate the vehicle. Also known as autonomous or “”driverless”” cars, they combine sensors and software to control, navigate, and drive the vehicle. You might ask, well who developed or invented this car? Well, German engineers led by scientist Ernst Dickmaans developed it. Decades before Google, Tesla, and Uber got into the self-driving car business, a team of German engineers led by a scientist named Ernst Dickmaans had developed a car that could navigate French commuter traffic of its own.
You might also ask, well when did this happen? Or when was this car developed? This car was developed in the 1980s. Not that many people know this, but back in the 1980s and 1990s, there was a car company, Mercedes-Benz, was already doing experiments with driverless cars that could accelerate, brake, steer, and basically make a trip through traffic by themselves and not crash into anyone. Another question you might have might be, where did this take place at? Well, it took place in HOFOLDING, Germany. Another key that leads to it taking place in Germany is that Ernst Dickmaans was actually German.
How it works
The group of engineers he worked with were also German. “”Ernst Dickmaans is a German pioneer of dynamic computer vision and of driverless cars.”” You might ask, well why did he do this? The answer is, he wanted to create a car that was “”equipped with the necessary sensors, processors, and outputs to theoretically drive themselves through typical traffic without special external inputs.”” Also, he was approached by Daimler-Benz who wanted to collaborate on the project in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Benz first car which was the Benz Motorwagen in 1886. Moving into their second century of car manufacturing, Daimler-Benz proposed a large-scale research project to develop new technologies-one of which was autonomous driving. You might also ask, how was it done? Or how does the car work? Well, “”The van was able to process visual input from
Isabella Bryant 7th Period 12/18/18 cameras and provide commands to the steering wheel, throttle, and brakes, driving at speeds up to 96 km/h. This was achieved using innovative “”4D Vision”” techniques, which involved extracting edges from an image and analyzing them while taking into account the time delay.”” Ernst and his group at University Bundeswehr Munich built the world’s first real “”robot”” car using saccadic vision, probabilistic approaches such as Kalman filters and parallel computer.