Automated Guided Vehicles


There's been a lot of talk lately about automated guided vehicles. In the past, this term has applied to applications for Military and manufacturing, but today it is being used in reference to public transportation and general motor vehicle use. Automated vehicles on our public roads can significantly improve road safety and efficiency.



Believe it or not, one day our cars will be completely driven by computers, not careless teen-age girls on their cell phones, knocking over traffic cones. There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not automated vehicle technology could ever become completely reliable and risk-free. The truth is that it has already begun. Automated guided vehicle technology has already been implemented into certain cars. Mercedes has a car with sensors to detect the center of the road, the side of the road, and the car in front of you. Anytime you drift to close to any of those barriers, the car will automatically turn back into position, or even break to prevent a collision with the car in front of you. These kinds of advancements are just the beginning of automated guided vehicles. Of course, there will always be those rare classic cars that will never be controlled by computers, like the Ferraris.



The thing we have to consider with automated guided vehicle technology is reliability. Technology has always been reliable, but only to a point. The issue at hand is whether or not this kind of technology could grow large enough to completely replace the current transportation methods. If this became the case, which it most likely will be, boundaries will have to be made about what percentage can still be manually operated by human beings. It could expand to the point where an automated guided vehicle system would allow vehicles to travel at much higher speeds and increase the efficiency of our traveling. Considering this, a manual override would not be possible as humans could not handle those kinds of speeds, especially being so close to other vehicles.