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[YesAuto Technology] The famous physicist Stephen Hawking once said that “intelligence is the power to control change”. This is known as the most outstanding theoretical physicist after Albert Einstein, who suffered from muscle muscle at the age of 21. Atrophic lateral sclerosis has since been imprisoned in a wheelchair for half a century. Not only was he inconvenient, he was even completely deprived of the ability to speak. However, it is also an intelligent speech synthesizer whose quantum theory, black holes, and thinking about time are known to everyone. The seemingly mundane speech synthesizer changed him and the entire human race.

With the continuous development of science and technology, intelligent systems have long been not only the secrets in the laboratory, nor the “welfare” that only masters and elites can enjoy. It has already begun to enter our lives. For example, the cars we get along with day and night have begun to enter the road of intelligent autonomous driving. When will intelligent autonomous driving arrive? Will it be cumbersome to use? Will we still have fun in driving in the future? With these questions in mind, let's walk into the Mercedes-Benz Technology Day, which focuses on intelligent autonomous driving, and see what kind of future it has at present, which is still like a newborn baby!

When it comes to intelligent autonomous driving, as a post-80s generation, my first reaction in my mind is always the science fiction movies and TV series I saw as a child. This result seems to indicate that it is still a long way from us. In fact, it is far less “cold”.

At present, what we call intelligent autonomous driving is more accurately called unmanned driving, that is, Autonomous vehicles or Self-piloting automobile. Its research and development time can be traced back to the middle of the last century. Like many other things, autonomous driving actually has a process of gradual technological development. In other words, autonomous driving also needs to be divided into different stages.

In other words, if your car is equipped with functions such as adaptive cruise, lane keeping, etc., it can be called a car with partial automatic driving functions. Today, when everyone is pushing for autonomous driving technology, second-order and even third-order technologies are ready to emerge. These automatic driving functions from different manufacturers are actually different.

■ Assisted driving

At present, some models sold on the market have been equipped with lane keeping, adaptive cruise, automatic parking and other functions. They are classified according to the above-mentioned classification method. They belong to the assisted driving category of automatic driving. Of course, at this stage, the driver It is still the subject of operation. On this Science and Technology Day, Mercedes-Benz brought some of the technologies they currently use in mass-produced cars.

As mentioned at the beginning, some of the active safety configurations that we can touch at this stage are actually in the category of primary autonomous driving. Although the concept of autonomous driving has been in our sight for a long time, in the past two years, the primary autonomous driving technology represented by active safety technology seems to have truly ushered in an explosive peak.

■ Semi-automatic driving

Perhaps, the above-mentioned technologies that have been mass-produced are not suitable for your taste, or they cannot reflect the theme of science and technology day, so these two guys lying quietly in the exhibition hall will definitely attract your attention.

For autonomous driving, technical bottlenecks are only one of the reasons that hinder its promotion and popularization. In some areas with poor traffic order and driver quality, autonomous driving systems face too frequent and short-range merging, Whether the gas stop can take effective measures quickly and whether it can maintain the comfort of the ride, in addition, how many people can accept autonomous driving technology and buy a car with this function, etc. These questions are placed in front of automatic driving and need to be overcome. Alpine.

■ Fully automatic driving

Indicate the destination, and then the vehicle will move forward on its own. All we have to do is enjoy the journey. I believe that this kind of scene is a fantasy in most of our childhood minds. Throwing away the troubles of traffic jams and saying goodbye to the lost and bewildered are all fantasies, and they may all be the future. There is such a group of people who have more “unrealistic dreams” than us. The dream they described eventually became this concept car named F 015 Luxury in Motion (hereinafter referred to as Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car).

Regarding this concept car, we have already performed a detailed interpretation before. If you are interested in this part, you may wish to click “Smart Cars Are the Protagonist of Future Automotive Electronics Technology Prospects” to read.

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Full text summary:

Everyone has dreams, but not everyone can realize their dreams. We respect those who are obsessed with turning unrealistic dreams into reality as scientists. At the beginning of the birth of the car, intelligent autonomous driving was just a concept without drawings. After more than a century of development, with the support of radar, camera, high-precision map, and high-speed processor, it has stepped into the laboratory. , Ready to take the actual road. However, there are still a lot of problems that need to be faced before it. The problems of reliability, accuracy, people's acceptance, and restrictions on laws and regulations need to be resolved. However, in any case, this thing like a newborn baby must have an amazing future. Because this is a childhood dream of you and me.