Innovation in Automatic Driving


The purpose of this memorandum is to present the recent development of automatic driving technology. It is considered to be the next step in the evolution of cars since it changes the process of driving dramatically. This also places a bigger emphasis on the role of computers which requires them to process more information. This memorandum will present a brief background of the topic, discuss current and proposed solutions, outline future implications that the development of this technology will have on the market and the industry.


There are several levels of automatic driving that can be outlined. The first is driver assistance. It means that a person is in full control of the driving process, occasionally letting the technology perform some actions. A good example is adaptive cruise control (Edelstein, 2017).

The second level is partial automation. It enables the technology to perform complex actions when a person provides it with the sufficient amount of control. A well-known example includes various parking systems (Patwardhan, 2017).

Conditional automation is the next level. It grants the technology with more control over the car, allowing the humans to make minor changes. Mercedes Benz included this feature in Distronic plus system.

The next level of automation is high automation. It allows the technology to exercise full control over the car, and a person is needed only improve the quality of driving. At the moment, this technology is being developed by Google (Zanona, 2017).

Finally, there is full automation. This is the level when a person acts only as a passenger and is not able to make any changes in the driving process. This technology has not been developed yet.


There are several solutions that were proposed to achieve automatic driving. One of them focuses on using a considerable number of sensors that would provide the computer with the description of the actual state of affairs. This information will be used to make decisions on the road.

Another approach focuses on enabling the computers inside different cars to exchange information. This will make the situation on the road predictable. As a result, driving will become safer.

One of the proposed solutions is the so-called SARTRE system. It will unite different individual cars in groups and control their movement as long as a person is willing to stay in this group.

Future implications

Engineers have to solve a lot of problems so that the technology in question will work. First of all, it is essential to build computers small enough to fit inside a car and fast enough to process all the information.

Secondly, it is highly likely that the structure of job market will change. Automotive companies will employ more IT professionals are computers will become the hearts of cars, not their engines.

Finally, new problems will be associated with automatic driving. Various ethical problems might occur. For example, it is not sure what the car will do if it will have to choose between saving one individual and harming another.


Having examined all the points that were mentioned in the paragraphs above, it is clear that automatic driving exists in several levels some of which have been achieved and some – have not. One can be said for sure: when the highest level of automation is achieved, it will change the process of driving once and for all. In addition to that, it may be useful to anticipate the emergence of some problems associated with the involvement of technology in driving, particularly ethical problems that will have to be solved.


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