The Budapest University of Technology and Economics is testing modern driverless cars on the closed parts of road M86 in Hungary. The futuristic sensors of the cars were used to test what kind of information their systems can collect about the condition of the road the car is driving on to avoid unexpected happenings and accidents.
Index reported that the cars have laser-radars and special cameras, both aiming to collect all the necessary information about the road and inform the passengers about them. With a special GPS access and satellite connection, the system can follow the car’s movement on every centimetre to send data about where the car went and is currently heading to and what kind of road conditions the system needs to pay attention to to protect passengers. Also, several sensors and other technical devices were put on the road to test the cars’ abilities.
Why is it necessary? Many experts believe that when the era of driverless cars arrives, there will still be conventional cars on the roads. This is the reason that driverless ones need to be tested carefully to make them adjust to regular cars and to drive themselves safely.
The cars’ systems create digital contents about the roads they pass, which can be used for further research to make Hungarian roads better and safer. Thanks to the incredibly detailed data, workers will instantly know where and which road needs development. The ZalaZONE area in Zalaegerszeg is the best location for testing, with the contribution of an Austrian company and Knorr Bremse.
Further developments include a connection with a special cloud system where cars import the collected data and the communication between vehicles to inform other passengers about traffic congestions and road accidents.
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