For years, all of us have been hearing predictions about the Driverless cars of the future which may be driven from thousands of miles away, only through clicks and programming. Lovely Professional University has stepped in towards the same, through the strenuous tasks of its engineering students, to prove this all to the people around. In this regard, in the first phase, four students of Electronics & Communication and Mechanical Engineering utilized their knowledge of advances in wireless communications technology, under the guidance of their mentors from LPU, and have successfully designed a Car that can be controlled from a mobile phone, sitting at any part of the world. The car is pliable on both the auto and manual modes and has safety provisions as well, like child-lock while being on auto mode. No one else, sitting next to steering, can drive it of own, until occupant of the car go for possible two-way communication with the remote seated operator and request to do so. The quoted car, which can be commanded well for day as well as night vision, has also been successfully tested for 1000+ kilometers' driving.
On this success of the students, the Chancellor of LPU, Mr. Ashok Mittal said: "It is indeed a different kind of automotive experience. This project is pioneer in the automobile industry and probably can give new dimensions to how people can commute." Continuing, he added, "The future cars using a wide variety of sensors would be easily able to detect pedestrians, objects which will allow the car to slow or stop suddenly. As a computer is far more precise and subject to far fewer errors than a human, accident rates will nose-dive when these vehicles become available to consumers. So, this driverless technology would maintain more productive commute, fewer traffic jams, safer-roads and environment friendly operations. We have been immensely pleased to note that automobile industry approached us and interest in using this technology." He also added: "This technology will also be very helpful in the defence sector, for blind ones, old and other handicapped persons. I congratulate the devoted students who are now aspiring to soon cover the second phase of this technology to enroll themselves among such other technologists of the developed country like US."
Emerging in success, novel car-designers and automotive visionary students of LPU, Bikas (M Tech ECE), Lokesh Ramina (B.Tech ECE), Rahul Jain (Mech. Engg.) and Suvendu (Mech. Engg.) informed more about their dream project: "We are very happy on the success of our future car. Imagining from our childhood- Robotics toys, remote sensing cars; we four collaboratively devised the present car utilizing Internet, Mobile Phone, Laptop, C+ language Programming, Micro-Controller Board with ATMEGA 128 IC, under electrical control circuit." Recollecting about their efforts for the projected car, they said: "We could not sleep for many nights in devising out this project of ours and many a time got firm boosting from our mentors, when we faced hurdles in the project." They also informed that presently the project is utilized in an electrically operated car which would also be possible in any other type of vehicle.
In fact, many changes in transportation infrastructure and policy, coupled with technology advances, can certainly make driverless plying of vehicles all possible in the near future. In this context, it is illustrative that at auto shows and tech conferences, prototypes of such cars offer a visual narrative into what is expected on the nation's roads a decade from now. Nevada has already become the first state, in US, to embrace this technology, which is surely the future of automobiles and related industry.