Explainer: Autonomous and Semi-autonomous Vehicles

You’ve heard of autonomous vehicles — cars that can drive themselves. But what you may not know is that there are actually multiple levels of possible autonomy, and we’re living with some of those early levels now with newer vehicles that includes advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These systems help with safety and comfortable driving. The potential systems grow in complexity and autonomy from there: the Society of Automotive Engineers defines six levels of automotive automation, explained here: Level 0: No Automation — Zero autonomy; the driver performs all the driving, but the vehicle can aid with blind spot detection, forward collision warnings, and lane departure warnings. Level 1: Driver Assistance — The vehicle may have...

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