Driving Cities Forward with AI - Zero-Emission Autonomous Vehicles

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A series of technologies with the right approaches has the power to solve our everyday problems. We call it Artificial Intelligence. AI is not just a concept; it is the beginning of the new age that answers the limitation of traditional research. It introduces new intelligent ways to address the issues of humanity through analysis and action. In transport, AI has already marked its niche by ensuring safety, reliability, and sustainability. What more than the next step of driving cities forward with AI-enabled zero-emission Autonomous vehicles?


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Origination of the Idea

Road accidents are caused primarily because of human error. Poor infrastructure, distractions, and drunk driving are few examples that lead to mishappenings. AI has proved its significance through the invention of autonomous vehicles. It is a work in progress, but the initialization itself is revolutionary. Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) use sensors, cameras, radar, car batteries, and codes to function. Developed countries like the US and China have already been testing models of AVs, and it is only a matter of time when the transport industry will welcome the AVs to the road. 




Challenges and Concerns Faced with AI Autonomous Transport 


A Complex Reality

Even though the results on the road are daunting as our expectations, having an AI-enabled AV is an uphill task. While we think of replacing humans behind that steering wheel, we must remember that the equipment used to develop AI systems is complicated:

  1. It requires AI to be fit in the multiple electric control units, which is overwhelming.
  2. The AI algorithms are memory intensive and cause an issue with CPUs storage restrictions.
  3. AI codes are power-consuming.

Hence it requires more hours of testing and development before it comes to the floor.


The Work of Sensors

Since AVs are sensor-enabled vehicles that perceive the surroundings through those sensors, the workaround is hectic. The sensors work to inform about so many things, namely the road condition, traffic, detects objects ahead, beside and behind, etc., they require dedicated software for each program. In technical terms, they are called Artificial Neural Networks. This whole process needs a team of quick decision-makers to make the workflow faster.




A Team of AI Specialized Programmers

Everything that goes into building autonomous vehicles needs thorough planning and execution. More than that, they need maintenance. So to avoid any future problems, programmers must predict what could fail and use complex techniques like regression analysis, random forest algorithms, etc.


Loss of Employability

With AI automation of transport vehicles, employability will significantly get affected, and more chauffeurs will lose their professions. They will be forced to learn any other skill to earn their bread.


Software Limitations

Since everything in an Autonomous vehicle will be software enabled, we can never overlook flaws in software, hardware, and other cybersecurity threats. These may pose issues in the working of the cars.


Lack of Trust in Technology

We all have our share of distrust in how much Technology can create things? This vulnerability and trust issue can take up a lot of time for people to adapt to the new changes. Not everyone will be willing to let go of the freedom of driving.


What is a Smart City?

As we head to make our cities smart, we must understand the definition of a smart city. A city that focuses on optimal resource utilization enables a good lifestyle for its citizens, improves connectivity, and ensures sustainable development and cost reduction is a smart city. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) give power to intelligent cities as these vehicles transform conventional cars into self-directed bots. They replace human labor with a machine that guarantees a cleaner environment with emission-free standards and can interact with their surroundings through AI.            


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Benefits of Autonomous Transport to cities


There are numerous benefits associated with the invention of Autonomous Vehicles.

  • Better tracking of objects and analysis of traffic patterns.
  • Reduction in road accidents with easy access through data logs
  • Assess driver’s behavior and other factors in case of any conflict
  • No human negligence to report
  • With proper records or data logs, it can reduce insurance rates as the maintenance is software enabled.
  • Easy navigation in any weather condition.
  • Easy customer availability because of the market penetration of AI.
  • Reduction of traffic congestion, noise pollution, environmental degradation, etc.
  • Use of Electric Vehicles.


The Future of Sustainability- Far but Certain

Since natural resources are scarce, it is time to turn everything that we use sustainable. We have already devised plans to recycle our gadgets to ensure resource optimization. Autonomous Vehicles with their low carbon emissions and sustainable mobility features are a relief, but the future is far as the challenges are inevitable. However, we must remember that more extraordinary inventions take the most time. Making cities bright is a more significant responsibility, and a combination of efforts by influencers and technologies can make our dreams of a better world come true. Because as they say it,” Smart is not just a word; it’s an attitude!”


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About the author:

Supriti Tripathy, OpenGrowth Content Team

A believer of good things and pursuer of diverse avocation, she is a fiction lover and a simple writer. Supriti has a number of professions to her list and she feels challenges are the only answers to failures.

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