Artificial intelligence seems to be taking the world by its throat. Automobile industry is no different, in fact, the car manufacturers are one of the leading researchers and visionaries in AI. All the major automobile companies are currently in a scuffle, trying to come out on top with their AI.
What makes AI so compelling in car industry is the fact that it learns and evolves from sensory inputs such as real sounds and images.
So when AI is applied to an automobile, it starts picking on the environment. It starts learning and becoming better. It prepares for facing hurdles, applying new tactics, learning new things.
In 2015, there was only an 8% install rate of AI on vehicles. It is forecasted that in 2025 the same will shoot up to 109%. Needless to say 2025 will look very different as far as the automobile industry is concerned – artificial intelligence is the future.
The most common AI ‘stuff’ you hear and see on the tele are the self-driven cars. The idea has been around since 1970s and mankind’s fascination has grown with it.
Recently Ford have invested $1 billion in perfecting a self-driven car that could be on the roads by 2021. Not too many people are sure about the concept. Some argue that people love driving, cars are their passion and self-driven cars won’t be welcomed.
It is an interesting and thought provoking debate but let’s set it aside for another time.
Most people think that AI is limited to self-driven cars only and don’t realize that AI surrounds the modern non-self-driven cars already. But there are other segments to AI as well, other than driverless cars.
Let’s take a look at some of them. Here are some ways AI is driving and will be driving the auto industry in the future.
A process called Machine Learning
Most people think that AI is Machine Learning whereas Machine Learning or commonly called ML, is a different thing. It is in fact a sub branch of AI. AI is directed at making machines act like human beings. Whereas ML is an application of AI where machines are given some data and they learn more and more things based on that data.
So instead of working like humans, machine work like machines but in a refined way. Recently Toyota research group said that they are working on systems that will help drivers who are not very good drivers. It will aid drivers during various processes, making driving easy for them.
Deep Leaning or DL is a process through which Machine Learning is implemented. The DL breaks down the tasks into manageable segments. The DL software starts learning an applying new things, one at a time.
DL is increasing in leaps and bounds in the automobile industry. It is the technique that drives ADAS (advance driving assistance systems) and autonomous driving. DL not only deals with what is going inside the vehicles but what goes outside them as well. For example, the temperature, road conditions, driver’s health and mental fitness and various other things.
The internet of things
Internet of things has been a revelation in the automobile industry and it is looking like it will go even further. Modern cars have everything like smart sensors, GPS and various connectivity applications.
With such a revolutionized systems, here are some of the benefits that some cars manufacturers are giving their customers. In future, not only these processes be refined but also more and more cars are poised to have them,
- Vehicle has a fully loaded firmware (software).
- That software is updated automatically without need to go to the manufacturer.
- The vehicle gives a health report to its owner and the manufacturer and tells you when it needs repair and tuning.
- Better safety features such as intelligent breaking system where as car stops automatically if it seems it will crash into an object.
- The manufacturing, maintenance and after sales service qualities have significantly improved due to real time performance data.
- Here is one for the future, in case of medical emergency the car’s sensor would contact a medical center or help.
When it comes to cars, there are endless possibilities for cognitive learning capabilities. Imagine not a small ordinary car but a huge 18 wheel truck being self-driver. Would it know when to stop for gas?
Let’s even forget driverless element for a second. Would a truck realize it is being overloaded or properly loaded with material? Scientists and researchers are working on that. Instead of safety inspector guy, the truck itself will tell you if any rules are being violated.
How will this happen? This one is for the future. In a few years to come, there will be a system in cars that will have cognitive ability; the consciousness for self-preservation just like human beings. The machine will have a concern for its own and other people’s lives.
If this doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will.
Infotainment systems revamped
AI completely changes the scope of infotainment systems. These days both the software and censors of a car are compatible with an AI system. These systems include speech recognition software, eye tracking techniques, multiple language recognition and driving monitoring. Based on the data the car collects it will make life easier for you the driver.
Not only will it optimize the vehicle for you, it will make
recommendations based on the data. For example, if you driver better right
after having a coffee, it will judge the coffee in your system and monitor your
driving performance. After analysis, it will alert you to try and have coffee
every morning before you drive to work.