Autonomous Transportation 2017-08-01T02:58:07+00:00

Project Description

Autonomous Cars

Implementation of autonomous transportation Denmark

Brief

Soon, the first 100% autonomous vehicles will arrive in Denmark. The technical term used to describe these vehicles is ‘level 5’. That means that the cars will handle all driving related tasks from a to z.

The consensus among all traffic-, economy- and artificial intelligence-experts is that autonomous driving is beneficial. This is an unusual occurrence. It is food for thought that this consensus is so uniform across several fields of study.

As of now, we are not aware of a single researcher or expert that says, that level 5 driving is bad for safety, the economy or the environment.

Isn’t it first a reality in 20 years? No, it is already happening.

What are the effects of autonomous transportation?

Autonomous cars is among the most anticipated technologies in our time. This is because they will change traffic and society, as much as the car itself did. Here is some the effects we may see

Safety

There is an overwhelming consensus with the fact that level 5 cars are the fastest and easiest towards a more safe traffic situation. The situation today:

  • 1 life is expected to be lost today or tomorrow in danish traffic
  • In Denmark there is a traffic accident every 45 minutes
  • Traffic accidents costs the danish healthcare system more than 5.5 billion DKK per annum
  • More than 90% of all traffic accidents are caused by human error

Level 5 cars redefine safety during transportation.

  • There is no blind spots
  • The cars react nearly instantaneously
  • The cars are constantly alert, and never drives inebriated
  • The cars are incapable of speeding.

No one can accurately predict exactly how large of an impact the level 5 cars will have. But we will start by eliminating the single largest risk in traffic; the human driver. Thereby reducing the number and the adverse consequences of traffic accidents. This holds true for both car-traffic and situations where bike-riders and pedestrians were at risk.

Economic and enviriomental impact

In Denmark we have 2.300.000 cars, and they are parked most of the time. By optimising this fleet and its usage, we can reduce that number significally. In the administrative- and public transport sector we expect massive savings.

That will mean cheaper transport and significant savings in the rural districts. In cities we will se less traffic congestion and a better traffic flow.

There also also major derivative environmental savings. In our testzone we predict savings up to 20% of the fleet.

“Automation of traffic will have major consequences for society, just as the car had when it was first introduced. This is not just a new vehicle. It’s a completely new form of mobility. ”

Henrik Scharfe, PhD

Results

A new trafic law

Effective JUL1 2017, Danish Traffic Law has been updated. It is now legal to operate fully automated vehicles on open roads under special conditions.