New video reveals the complex way a self-driving car “sees” the world
We all know that self-driving cars are the future — it’s just a matter of time and testing (lots and lots of testing) for safety purposes until they take over the road. But how, exactly, does the self-driving car know exactly what’s going on? How does it see the world around us?
Thanks to information and videos shared by 3D mapping company Civil Maps (which received a huge investment from Ford Motors last year), we can get a better sense of what’s happening when a self-driving car is perusing through traffic.
Anuj Gupta, a Civil Maps product manager, wrote about the process on Medium and shared a couple of videos, including the one above, which was spotted by TechCrunch. In the video, which comes from a recent test in April 2017 on the roads of Plymouth, Michigan, viewers can experience exactly what a self-driving car sees when it hits the road.
If that’s not enough cool stuff for you, another video Gupta posted, goes into a bit more detail about how the car’s sensors and mapping work to provide the automated driving system with the information it needs to process and, well, drive as good as any human.
If this seems familiar, it’s because it’s similar to videos posted by Google a few years ago. But now we get an even better look at how it all plays out — inside the “mind” of a car.