From Mechanical to Technological: The Evolution of Smart Cars

They need to talk. No, not him and her. It’s your car. Your car and the road.

The ability for that to happen is what’s driving the change from standard cars to autonomous vehicles.

Research into autonomous vehicles is already unleashing a change in education and igniting concerns among owners of small repair shops.What makes a self-driving car work is less about the mechanics and more about the controls.

“It’s about the software and hardware within the vehicle and how they interact with the sensors; whether it’s Lidar sensors, radar sensors; those types of visual systems, and how those feedback into the computer systems of the vehicle. ” said Maryn Weimer, senior associate director of Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research in Columbus.