There has been a lot of talks and debate over self driving cars that are said to be a vital part of future. A lot of people have talked about its feasibility and how safe it would be to have a self driving car. Although, the very idea behind having a self driving car was to increase the safety factor.
However, lots of questions have been raised regarding an autonomous vehicle since a high level of intuition is required to manoeuvre these machines in highly crowded traffic. But assuming an autonomous car does come into the picture, how would it look from the insides? Mercedes has done some research and few of the engineers, designers and futurologists have come up with certain ideas.
Let us take a look at what might exist in the interiors of an autonomous car.
1. Rotating seats
If we assume that the driving is not done by any person, the seating arrangement certainly becomes the focal point of discussion. In one of the recently revealed Mercedes Benz's concept cars, same idea was depicted. There were four seats provided in a way that passengers are sitting face to face. The seats in the car rotate and allows passengers to talk to each other directly. The rotating seats allows for some level of flexibility too as in the middle of a conversation, the seats can be rotated and put the person in position of driving. This is to allow for situations that needs manual driving. The steering wheel would be long making it easy to reach and handle for the driver.
2. Communicating with the outside world
It is important to be in touch with the outside world while sitting in the car which would be done through transferring and receiving of data, information between the occupants of the car and the outside world. Since we are talking about automatic driving, the communication would have to be done with the car as well. The interior of the car thus becomes a "digital living space" where a set of sensors are used to provide interaction between machine and human beings. This mean gesture control system or even touchscreens.
Here the idea is to provide for an automatic recognition of hand or even finger movements along with sensor detection of eye to translate into actual actions. The intuitive experience is enhanced by the compatibility of car surroundings and its portrayal inside the cabin on displays including local buildings, pedestrians, etc.
So far a lot of effort and time is being invested in autonomous vehicle manufacturing and although successful inroads are being made, its actual execution and full scale implementation will take time. The time duration for implementation would further increase for developing countries like India and China with their traffic system being a lot more unorganized and difficult to get use to for intuitive synchronization.
However, manufacturers are highly enthusiastic about the future prospects of these technologies with already existing applications like GPS, smartphones, etc, paving the way. The German carmakers have already shown their autonomous vehicles in advance avatar of Audi RS7 and Mercedes Benz S Class, which are currently undergoing testing phase. If we roughly estimate, its a matter of half a decade that these cars will be seen plying on the roads