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Transcript of Robot Cars
Is the robotic end effector multi-functional? If so, what other tasks can it perform?
How is the robot taught to perform its task?
Name some advantages and disadvantages of using a robot to complete this task.
What sensors does the robot have and how does the robot use these sensors?
What task does the robot perform? What human function or task does this robot simulate?
By Trevin Olson and Garret Warner
Where is the robot used? What is its work envelope (how many degrees of freedom or flexible joints does it have)?
Describe the impact that this robot has had or could have on its intended audience.
What type of jobs/careers can this robot create to provide employment for people?
Predict and explain how this robot may be altered to perform more or different tasks in the future.
A robot car is an automobile similar to today's regular cars, with only one difference. Robot Cars are either remote controlled or use sensors to detect their surroundings so they can move around into places that regular cars would never be able to reach.
Robot Cars are used when something needs transporting, but regular cars can't reach it. For instance, let's say an automotive is needed to bring in a repellent inside a mouse hole. It would be impossible to bring in a regular car. With robot cars, you can put in sensory program so they have freedom in all degrees.
Yes a robot car can provide other purposes besides driving around, just to transport. If there is a circuit board, other add-on can be attached onto it, including, but not limited to, claws, cameras, robot arms, and GPS (navigation systems). Robot Cars are also used in experiments in tests and to record data such as traffic, car accidents, and car-crash test.
Robot cars can figure out what (tasks) they have to do in one of two ways: first, they can be programmed to actually do the task, meaning they have a code written out for them; the second way is that the actual car has some type of system to help them look around. Based on the environment (surroundings) , they can make decisions on what to do.
About 95% of Robot Cars have sensors, which is there
main area in which they specialize. Without sensors or some other type of recorder or navigation system, robot cars would not be robots, but instead manually controlled (RC Cars). The cars use these sensors to capture images of what they 'see'. Using these captured images, they try searching for their command associated with the image. Based on this, they react to what is in their memory.
Robotic Cars can automatically sense a nearby recharge station, then drive to it, therefore providing another ride later on, and battery sizes of the Electrical Vehicles could be smaller, making the car smaller as well.
The robot would not be sure, or not know at all, that it should drive slower, let's say in school zone or an elderly home.
Many laws would have to be changed in order to let robot cars roam freely, a driver's test would change, and road signs would have to be replaced and updated.
Since the robot cars would be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, allowing lower fuel consumption, which can expand the life of non-renewable resources by years.
Electricity would deplete the concept of air pollution, which is helping the environment.
It would definitely surprise its audience, and impact all the drivers, in the audience. Using robotic cars has more advantages then disadvantages, and maybe after a few years, engineers will be able to fix any remaining problems, leaving the robotic cars the safest, 'green-est', and most efficient way to drive.
Responses from intended audiences were incredulous; they were completely surprised. While driving on a highway, they look their right, and see a car, a regular car (Toyota Prius) that has no driver and is driving by itself smoothly.
Robot Cars are costly to manufacture, and require a great amount of labor, whether it be human- or machine-powered. This could be an ideal job for many people who are unemployed and would like to pursue in engineering/artificial intelligence.
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