AI – next-generation chauffeurs

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“Computer! Follow that car!” Will that be the sentence that kicks off an action-packed chase seen in a movie? Or is it already real? Even though different car manufacturers and other large corporations, such as the top dog in search engines, are still in the developmental and test phases, they are closing in on self-driving automobiles that are technically mature and autonomous. Many renowned car manufacturers have already installed intelligent systems into their vehicles which do not relieve drivers of driving, but do ease the task of getting from A to B. From lane-departure warning to drowsiness detection and automatic regulators of safety distance – the range of features grows and grows.

So how does such a vehicle from the future work?

Autonomous vehicles are equipped with a multitude of sensors and cameras which work with ultrasound or infrared, and some even with laser scanners. Using the installed sensors and cameras the car checks the surroundings every few milliseconds. The precision of the cameras, however, is subject to the current state of technology. A low sun, for example, still gives developers headaches, since the system has difficulties recognizing the color of traffic lights. There are furthermore fears of system failure with potentially fatal consequences. At the end of the day, this futuristic technology is just a computer program with corners and edges.

But just when cars with artificial intelligence will hit the road remains to be seen. First prototypes must be built, tests carried out, data collected and figures evaluated so that lawmakers, for instance, are on sound legal footing. Many experts assure that it is only a question of time until autonomous cars make streets “safer”. Reaching for a book instead of the steering wheel while in traffic will soon be normal.

An exciting development that we will be following with interest. Our ambition drives us to always take another step and free the kitchen experience from the old limitations.

Which concepts for the future and and current trends do you find exciting? We look forward to hearing from you.

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