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How AI is playing a role in modern transportation

New ways of transportation are just around the corner and AI is at the forefront of this development. Autonomous cars, self-driving garbage trucks and drone air taxis are all in the near future for the world of transportation. Technology has come a long way, but just how advanced has it really become?

 We now live in a world where self-driving vehicles exist. It’s amazing that the things we’ve once seen on TV have now become a reality. The dream of driverless planes, trains, and cars have all been brought to life. There is even a form of machine learning that’s being used to predict traffic jams before they even happen. Early stages of luggage tracking are in the mix now as well. The idea is to use a built-in GPS to track your luggage on your phone wherever it may be. The technology also uses a built-in scale so you can check the weight of your bag as well. New technology is even being put towards promoting safety on the streets.

 Ford announced that it planned to submit a patent for a robotic police car. The vehicle would be able to issue tickets and violations to cars exceeding the speed limit. It would be done by scanning registration numbers and using CCTV footage. Next time you get a ticket it may not even be from a police officer. It’s quite impressive how these developments are being put into place.

 Now, most of these advanced forms of transportation won’t hit the market for quite some time, but what you might not know is that you already have some form of AI working in your vehicle right now. Sophisticated driver assist programs such as GPS routing and sensors to detect obstacles and other vehicles are all backed by AI. We are so used to these helpful forms of technology that we don’t often stop to think that they are a form of artificial intelligence.

All of these modern advancements may seem like the next best thing but with all this new technology we have to ask the question, is it safe? Do we trust robots to make major decisions for us as our lives are at stake? Thankfully, extra steps are being taken to make sure all forms of transportation are safe and sound before they hit the market, but safety is still a concern. However, if you don’t believe that cars should drive themselves you at least have to admit that this technology is pretty cool and that the opportunities are endless.