US: Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pennsylvania have developed a ‘crash-proof’ self-driving car. The driverless self-driven Cadillac SRX has successfully passed a 53 km test-drive. It has demonstrated the ability of maneuvering through stop-and-go traffic in the city and hitting 105 km/h on highways.
The driverless car has been developed by a team researchers led by Professor Raj Rajkumar who directs CMU”s transportation research centre and co-directs the CMU-General Motors Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab. The car uses inputs from radars, laser range finders, and infrared cameras to navigate through traffic. The autonomous system controls the steering, speed and braking. It can also detect and avoid obstacles on the road. It is capable of providing warnings of obstacles and communicating vehicle status to its passengers using a human-like voice.
On Wednesday, the driverless Cadillac SRX took US Republican Congressman Bill Shuster (who also happens to be the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) and Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, on a 53 km drive to the Pittsburgh International Airport. The drive began in a suburban area with stop-and-go traffic and then reached speeds of about 105 km/h on a highway. A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver”s seat as a safety precaution.