Epunchng - Most read newspaper in Nigeria 13th-September-2017 - Page 35

transport WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 35 High-tech vehicles not coming to Nigeria soon •Flying car •Electric BMW-i3 Future cars conceptualised decades ago, which many thought existed only in fantasy and fiction science stories, are here at last but they will be missing on Nigerian roads for a long time, RASHEED BiSiRiYU reports N igERiA may appear to be in a different planet looking at the high- tech vehicles being produced and celebrated in developed countries. A survey by our correspondent showed some of the automobiles making the headlines in Europe, the United States and even Asia that may not be coming to Nigeria soon are self-driving or autonomous cars, flying cars and electric vehicles. Although there is no doubting the presence of premium automobiles in Nigeria with their exquisite and imposing features, they are considered as traditional or conventional rides compared to the high- tech vehicles being conceptualised and churned out in other climes. Driverless cars Driverless cars, also known as autonomous, self-driving or robotic cars are unmanned ground vehicles capable of sensing their environment and navigating without human input. An autonomous vehicle uses cameras, radar, sensors and a global Positioning System unit to sense its environment, the road and other objects so it can drive without human input. “Engineers must expose the car to millions of situations for the computer to understand what to do, essentially it is like showing a computer millions of flash cards,” said the Globe and Mail. Many automakers have this year test-driven autonomous cars and hope to roll them out soon, although no cars permitted on public road are fully autonomous. According to techtarget.com, a driverless car is a robotic vehicle that is designed to travel between destinations without a human operator. “To qualify as fully autonomous, a vehicle must be able to navigate without human intervention to a predetermined destination over roads that have not been adapted for its use,” it says. Companies developing and/or testing driverless cars are Audi, BMW, Ford, google, general Motors, Volkswagen and Volvo, among others. Google’s test involved a fleet of self-driving cars such as six Toyota Prius and an Audi TT -- navigating over 140,000 miles of California streets and highways. 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