Smart cars or intelligent cars are automobiles that
use some form of artificial intelligence to enhance the driving
experience. Smart cars should not be confused with the Zap Smart
Car brand, which has created a line of small urban electric and
Smart cars of the future will be using advanced technology to
perform such functions as automatic cruise control, lane departure
warnings and correction, hazardous object avoidance, driver awakenings,
position and satellite monitoring, self-parking and driverless
Researchers are developing automotive technology so that in the
future, smart cars will be able to interface by wireless and infrared
connections with road signs, signals and other roadside communication
devices. This will enable computerized smart cars to automatically
determine driving conditions such as traffic ahead, road hazards
or steep curves and make adjustments ahead of time.
Some day, smart cars will be able to determine their own speeds,
put themselves on cruise control, take themselves off, avoid hazards
and park themselves with little driver interaction. If you think
this is just a pipe dream, then it's good to know that the European
Union has already set forth its i2010 Intelligent Car Initiative.
The initiatives goals are to develop safer, cleaner and smarter
vehicles. These intelligent cars or smart vehicles will be safer
to drive by using technology such as adaptive cruise control to
keep a safe distance from other drivers, lane departure warnings
and lane change assistants, hypo-vigilance systems for sleepy drivers
and an alcohol lock for those over the DUI limits.
Through advanced communication systems including computers, wireless
networking and GPS, smart cars will also be able to interactively
ease traffic congestion and take more favorable routes as traffic
needs arise. Smart cars will also be intelligent enough to avoid
pedestrians, bicyclers and others who are not driving automobiles.
Hands-free motoring is another goal for smart car developers who
wish to create public transportation systems with individual cars,
taxis, shuttle buses and large transport buses that will carry passengers
without the need for drivers.
Some of the smart car projects that have been created to improve
intelligent communication include CarTalk 2000, SEVECOM, GST, ADAS,
ComuniCar, COM2React, CyberCars2, Safespot and Trace.
With the ever-increasing need for newer safety measures and way
to decrease traffic congestion, it is most assured that smart cars
will one day provide the relief and results that many are now seeking.
Until then it is best to turn on an old episode of Knight Rider
and listen to Kitt speak to David Hasselhoff and tell him to shape
Written by Kevin Lepton