An Australian industrial designer has designed Autonomo, a self-driven vehicle that is touted to revolutionize the auto industry by 2030.
The concept vehicle, by Charles Rattray, would use principles of swarm behaviour – as noted in groups of birds and fish – and drafting to conserve energy while moving in the same direction.
Using swarm robotics and artificial intelligence Autonomos would travel in tight platoons while shifting their configurations to maintain an uninterrupted traffic flow.
Microwave sensors would allow cars to travel mere 7.8 inches apart, thus aerodynamically reducing vehicle drag and energy consumption.
Onboard computers would synthesize data from an array of sensors (radar, microwave, lidar, optical and infrared) and external feedback systems that would monitor the road 656 feet in front of and behind the vehicle or vehicle platoon, Discovery News reported.
It will also include hi-definition cameras equipped with object recognition technologies that would help predict the path of other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and other hazardous objects.
Groups of these vehicles would be a centralized database controlled by intelligent algorithms that could adjust as new spatial information is fed to them.
Rattray’s concept vehicle is a svelte 3.77-foot wide two-seater with bobsled-style seating.
It’s slim design would allow Autonomos to travel two abreast in a single lane so that existing road infrastructures would not need overhauling.
Vehicles would be charged wirelessly through electrodynamic induction or energy transfer lasers via charging pads embedded on the surface of the road.