What lies in the future of Electric-powered Autonomous Vehicles?

Autonomous vehicles involve increased energy use amounting to cost associated with these vehicles. The increased power needs are significant enough to reduce vehicle range drastically, suggest some. This thus will eliminate the possibility of electric autonomous vehicles. Instead, autonomous vehicles need to be gas-electric hybrid, claim analysts.

Meanwhile, the automotive industry is experiencing two revolutions side-by-side. One, transition to electric power, and, second, rise of autonomous vehicles. Energy consumed by self-driving cars may be more to power sensors and computer systems for safe navigation. These cars drive more smoothly than people-driven cars, thereby reducing energy use.

Despite Increased energy Use, Autonomous Vehicles display advantages

On the other hand, an overall increase in energy use has other benefits. This includes reduce of driving range, reduce to require more frequent charging of battery, and reduce to cause faster battery degradation. Meanwhile, the fear among many for electric vehicles to have a shorter range than gas cars makes them believe electric autonomous vehicles can’t exist. To address this concern, the research team investigated the effects of automation on vehicle range.

How automation affects the vehicle range is what the research team vied to know. And, to quantify the trade-off of having electric and automated in one car.

The team calculated the energy demands of self-driving cars employing vehicle dynamics-based model. This helped to discover the amount of power required for safe autonomous driving. For this, the team included extra drag from automation technology and smoother driving of computer control.

Whilst a decrease in driving range observed, this wasn’t significant enough to remove the possibility of electric-powered autonomous vehicles. However, it was greater in cars that employed protruding sensors resulting in increased drag.

Following the research, design choices made with respect to aerodynamic design of sensors and energy-efficiency of computing hardware will decide if the two revolutions are in sync.

AAA Test Shows Drawbacks of Autonomous Vehicles

The demand for electric or automated vehicles have grown significantly, as new and advanced technologies has started disrupting the traditional ways of manufacturing vehicles. The automated vehicles are equipped with all advanced technologies including artificial intelligence, GPS, real time traffics alerts and similar other technologies. But a recent test conducted by the American Automobile Association shows that shows that electronic driver assist systems are not capable enough to keep vehicles in their lanes or neither can spot objects early enough to avoid accidents.

The tests give a warning that drivers should not think that automated vehicles are completely self-driving and they should be ready to take control at any time. These systems act as an aid to driving and are not actually autonomous, in spite of all the hype around vehicle autonomy, said director of automotive engineering at AAA Greg Brannon. He further added by saying that having a pilot in the name may suggest a level of unaided driving. However, it not correct as per the current state of the development of these systems.

Results showing results were derived after the second test and imply that these systems are not capable of handling real-world driving situations, including a few relatively common situations. In the third quarter of the year, the Insurance Institute Highway Safety showed similar problems showed in the AAA study.

According to AAA the vehicles glided out of lanes, struggled moderate traffic, and streets with busy intersections. Moreover, three out of four would have failed to crash in times when a vehicle ahead changed lanes a simulated stopped vehicle was ahead.