A self-driving vehicle, also called an autonomous car, autonomous vehicle, or driverless vehicle is a car that is able to sense its surroundings and moving independently with little or no external human input. The first self-driving cars appeared on public roads in the United States in 2021. Since that time, more self-driving cars have been produced by different manufacturers. Many companies are now developing self-driving vehicles, including Cruise Automotive, nature, nuTension, and MobileIT.
Each company has its own unique name and design concept for a self-driving vehicle. They differ greatly in how they operate. Some of the companies sell their products through dealerships while others sell directly to customers. Self-Driving cars can also be sold to individual consumers. The vehicles differ in size and cost.
Cruise Automotive has been one of the earliest companies to sell a production vehicle to the public. The Cruise Automotive company has received many awards, most notably the “PUMA Grand Touring Car of the Year” award in 2021. The company’s biggest challenge was developing a car that could drive itself on smooth roads. Cruise Automotive’s goal is to build a car that can handle all road conditions with great maneuverability.
Nature is another company that has received many awards. Nature’s goal is to develop a high-tech, technologically advanced car. Nature’s future car will feature a full-range audio, Bluetooth capability, GPS navigation, a touch screen, and more. nuTune also plans to include an active front-seat passenger protection system similar to those found in some major car accidents around the world.
MobileIT is a company in the mobile technology space. It was founded in 2021 by Jack Canfield to provide easy accessibility to people from all walks of life who have disabilities. Canfield wanted to make mobility easier for people with these types of disabilities who were once trapped in an inaccessible vehicle. Canfield designed portable self driving cars that work to make lives better for disabled people and their families.
The last company I will discuss is OnStar. This company offers a mobility device called Starfone. Starfone works to help you determine your maximum safe driving speed and distance. They do this by measuring and sending a signal to a central receiver and cell phone to warn you if you are exceeding your maximum safe driving speed or distance. If you are caught exceeding the limit you are ticketed, possibly suspended from driving for a period of time, or even charged with a criminal misdemeanor.