Autonomous vehicles: it’s tomorrow today – SimplyFly by Safran, episode 7

Autonomous vehicles: it’s tomorrow today – SimplyFly by Safran, episode 7


Hello. As you know, in our modern world,
things are changing fast. Very fast! People are traveling all the time and need new ways to go places… Be it riding there Navigating, or flying The vehicles we use need
to adapt and accommodate these evolving requirements
and be driver-friendly. Today’s cars already have a number
of features to help drivers. They’re already autonomous
to some degree. They have cruise control systems electronic path correctors and can park themselves, for example. Besides helping drivers
and eventually allowing them to do other things
than drive on the road all these breakthroughs will help
to make vehicles more efficient cleaner and safer. And of course, all these technologies
won’t just be used in cars they are also being developed
in aerospace, for military applications and in increasingly autonomous
robots and drones. “Drones” are vehicles that can fly
without pilots or anyone else on board. “Robots” are vehicles
that can drive themselves over land. One example of an aerial drone
we can mention is called Patroller. It can stay in the air for 20 hours and this funny-looking contraption
can climb as high as 20,000 feet to carry out surveillance missions… or gather intelligence. Other autonomous vehicles
such as mini-drones or this 4×4 “e-Rider” are designed to support land operations
and protect ground units. This vehicle is distinctly stealthy
and has a groundbreaking mobility system using a hybrid engine including several electric motors. The e-Rider can travel up to 190 miles, at up to 45 mph. It can be driven the usual way or be used as a robot for example to follow troops
from a distance. And of course it can also follow
a predefined itinerary all by itself and negotiate unexpected obstacles. These self-flying drones
and self-driving robots can be partially or fully autonomous. They use several embedded sensors
to sense their surroundings intelligently. These sensors are much sharper
than the human eye. So vehicles can see things
that people would miss. They can model and map out
their surroundings using artificial intelligence
and dodge any threats. These vehicles use optronics, meaning
a combination of cameras, laser beams and image processing capabilities along with inertial navigation
to plot our their own routes. Some of these vehicles can see
through thick fog or even at night using infrared vision. And they can operate
in weather conditions which… aren’t the best. At this point, engineers are taking a new
look at the vehicle’s entire architecture. For example, vehicles will have wheels
that move and drive independently meaning that tomorrow’s autonomous
vehicles will be able to do things that are… impossible today. There, you know everything.
Or nearly everything. Before we leave you, note that
autonomous vehicles are here to stay and that the 21st century will
no doubt see drivers and pilots freed… from all their constraints!

Eugene Islam

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