Argo AL, a self-driving car startup sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, began testing self-driving cars without a human behind the wheel in Miami and Austin, Texas.
Even though automobiles aren’t the first fully self-driving vehicles on the road, testing may be the most difficult for the technology.
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“We are the first to go to autopilot during daylight business hours amid two large marketplaces, in congested neighborhoods with considerable traffic, walkers, and bicycles,” stated Brian Saleski, Argo’s CEO.
The new testing is feasible because of a lidar sensor created by Argo that allows automobiles to see the road for up to 400 meters. By the end of the year, the company’s entire test fleet in eight cities spanning the United States and Germany will be equipped with the sensors, according to Saleski.
Self-driving cars are viewed as a potential solution to the global problem of car accidents, which claim the lives of about 1.3 million people each year. The public, on the other hand, is suspicious of them, especially after high-profile incidents have highlighted the technology’s flaws.
Furthermore, the cost of the innovation required to put more autonomous cars on the road necessitates the participation of high-net-worth corporations such as Apple Inc.