Many cars, particularly new models, already have automated vehicle features and some experts predict the widespread release of automated vehicles is just a few years away. Vehicles are more automated the less the driver has to intervene when driving.
Levels of automation
According to industry standards, there are 6 levels of automation from Level 0 (No Automation), to Level 5 (Full Automation) where the vehicle can perform all driving functions and other than setting the destination, no driver intervention is required.
Vehicles which are Level 1 (Driver Assistance), Level 2 (Partial Automation) or Level 3 (Conditional Automation) have at least one automated vehicle feature, and require the driver to complete most of the critical driving tasks. In these vehicles, drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
RAC’s Intellibus is a Level 4 (High Automation) vehicle which means that all aspects of the driving task are automated in certain environments.
Intellibus and its technologies
The RAC Intellibus® uses a number of different sensors and telecommunications systems. It uses these sensors to localise, that is, to know where it is, and to detect obstacles so that it can react and interact within a dynamic road environment.
Dimensions Length 4.08m x Width: 2.05m x Height: 2.60m
Weight Empty 1.8t; Gross weight 3t
Capacity Up to 11 seated
Steering 2x2 steering
Turning Radius <4.5m
Safety Features Emergency stop button
Power shortage brake
Battery 80volt Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFeP04) battery
Wireless Induction Charging
Localisation GPS with Real Time Kinematic corrections
Real-Time Kenetic GPS technology
Obstacle Detection Stereovision cameras
3D and 2D LiDAR
For further information download : RAC Intellibus Technical Specifications Information Sheet.