As you know, one of the headaches that are suffering all the companies that today work in the development of an autonomous car is none other than to get enough sensors to enable it to perform this work. Once the car has been equipped with sensors, the problem can be even more complicated for engineers, it is necessary to develop a complex software capable of handling huge volumes of data in real time while these sensors must be protected in everything possible despite the demands imposed by the design of the vehicle.
Setting our focus on one of these problems, such as the fact that, at a certain moment, one of these sensors starts to fail, something that can be corrected if the system determines in real time that it can proceed with the information of the rest of sensors or that can literally collapse before the impossibility of making a decision at a certain time due to lack of data. As you can see, the problem with the sensors can become much bigger than you can imagine and, to try to solve it, today I want us to talk about a proposal that comes to us from Ford.
In the event that your car can not drive autonomously, it will stop waiting for a drone to put its sensors at the service of the car
Ford engineers, precisely anticipating that the sensors of your vehicle are disabled either by some kind of hardware problem or because, at a certain moment they have been disabled by dirt, bandaging or by some kind of problem, they have had the idea that the vehicle stops in a safe place and is waiting, in case we need to continue with the trip, that a drone arrives at the area, is located at the top, and lend its sensors to the vehicle so that it can continue .
All this can be further complicated if, as it seems, the autonomous cars eventually arrive on the market without a flyer with which we can take control of the car ourselves. Even so, and for this there is still much more time than we would like, especially if we consider that technologically advanced brands such as Tesla can be, so far they have only carried out a series of tests to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of their vehicles. Although, none of the current proposals allows users to dedicate themselves to anything other than looking at the road and supervising everything the vehicle does.
Ford shows us a patent to discover how they want a drone to adhere to the roof of your vehicle
Attending to the last patent registered by Ford, we find a solution, the less striking, where in the event that the sensors of one of its autonomous vehicles fail, it will send an alert signal to a platform equipped with a small fleet of drones. Immediately one of these drones would fly to the exact point where the vehicle is located and, after being coupled to it, it would put all its sensors to work in a way that would substitute those of the car.
Undoubtedly we are facing a movement more than interesting, at least personally it seems to me, before one of the problems that we surely have to face in the future, just when the use of this type of car finally prevails. On the other hand, I must admit that I quite like this type of solutions where other types of technologies are used, such as the use of drones, which, as shown by different companies, are becoming more capable and can perform more functions. Even so, the truth is that we must have our feet on the ground since an implementation of this solution on a large scale could be a huge problem.