Test Your Knowledge: Autonomous Cars

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Test Your Knowledge: Autonomous Cars
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Let go of the wheel, and let your car do the driving. How much do you know about autonomous cars? Test your knowledge of these driverless vehicles by taking this quiz.
Ultimately, speed limits for autonomous cars may be what?
higher
Their precision and attentiveness mean they could potentially go faster.
lower
about the same as manual cars

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Autonomous cars can drive without what?
computers
human commands
The computer is the brain that guides these vehicles.
doors

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About how many people die every year in car crashes?
500,000
800,000
1 million
Many of those deaths could be prevented by automated cars.

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Autonomous cars will most likely appear in which market first?
fleet vehicles
Corporate economics may help push the automation of fleet vehicles long before consumer versions become common.
consumer vehicles
military vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists how many technological levels for autonomous cars?
five
Level zero requires human control and level four is completely autonomous.
four
three

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What is the lowest vehicle automation level at which a human can let the robotic car do all the driving?
level three
At level three the car has autopiloting capabilities, but it still has a steering wheel and pedals for human control. This is called the limited self-driving automation level.
level four
level two

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Google's autonomous car probably will not have what feature?
mirrors
steering wheel
That way you won't grab the steering wheel in a panic.
emergency stop button

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Which car feature is an example of a level-one robotic capability?
laser beams
robotic steering
automatic braking
Some high-end cars already have the automatic braking feature.

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In which decade did engineers begin experimenting with self-driving cars?
1920s
Engineers began working on self-driving cars in the 1920s. It's an old concept that's taken many years to realize.
1950s
1970s

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Why did Google add cushioned materials to the front of its driverless car?
to allow drivers to play bumper cars
to protect pedestrians
Hurting a pedestrian would be the worst type of publicity for these cars.
to reduce the severity of head-on collisions

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How many lidar (light detection and ranging) lasers did the first Google car contain?
64
The 64 lasers helped the car "see" pictures of the world around it.
128
300

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Why did the first injurious accident involving a Google driverless car occur?
The driver of the Google car fell asleep.
The Google car malfunctioned.
Another driver ran into the car.
Another driver ran into the Google car. In every self-driving car accident, of which there have been few, humans were at fault.

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About how many car accidents happen each year in the United States?
2 million
5 million
10 million
Developers are certain that robotic cars reduce those 10 million accidents.

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Which agency sparked autonomous car development using a highly publicized race?
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
The first DARPA race took place in 2004.
CIA
NASA

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What year did Google launch its autonomous car project?
2000
2008
Since 2008 the company has been working hard on new prototype vehicles.
2012

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How many dual-core servers did the Cornell University team need to operate its vehicle in DARPA's 2007 Urban Challenge race?
17
The Cornell University team used 17 serves, but another team used a single Mac Mini.
20
25

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The first electric Google car had a range of how many miles?
100
One hundred miles was just far enough to be useful for several urban trips.
60
30

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How many elements does the Mercedes Attention Assist feature use to monitor a human's driving quality?
120
100
70
The system uses 70 elements to sense driver inattentiveness. If it detects driver fatigue, it will alert you immediately.

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The lowered accident rates from self-driving cars could possibly save about how much money in one year?
$8 billion
$190 billion
Less accidents could save $190 billion per year. Plus, fewer people would wind up seriously injured.
$800 billion

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How much prize money did DARPA offer to the team that won its first autonomous car race?
$1 million
One million dollars wasn't much cash considering the technology and time involved.
$3 million
$10 million

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The electric Google car uses sensors to see about how far?
200 feet (61 meters)
600 feet
The Google car can see about 600 feet and can even distinguish between pedestrians and bicyclists.
1,200 feet

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A driverless car might have how many electronic control units on board?
six
three
60
Driverless cars could have 60 electronic control units — they are loaded to the dashboard with all sorts of computers.

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How many teams signed up for DARPA's 2005 Grand Challenge race?
200
Two hundred teams signed up for the race, and five finalist vehicles managed to complete the course.
400
500

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Aesthetically, how did Google want the exterior of its self-driving car to look?
friendly
The company wanted the car to look as welcoming as possible to avoid freaking people out.
efficient
fast

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How many autonomous vehicles completed the first DARPA Grand Challenge race?
zero
The course was 150 miles (241 kilometers), and the farthest a vehicle made it was 7 miles.
two
four

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What is one possible side effect of the mass adoption of autonomous cars?
more crashes
more congestion
With lower costs of driving and more old and young people in cars, congestion may increase.
higher costs of driving

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According to some experts, replacing all cars with self-driving cars could free up about how many hours per day for commuters?
50 million
300 million
1 billion
One billion hours is a lot of time to get work done — or just watch Netflix.

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What was the average speed of the vehicle that won DARPA's 2007 Urban Challenge?
28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour)
14 miles per hour
It took just over four hours to complete the 60-mile course.
8 miles per hour

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In 2016 how much money did President Barack Obama propose to jump-start autonomous vehicle development?
$4 billion
The $4 billion plan included real-world pilot projects.
$500 million
$50 million

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According to Boston Consulting Group, fully autonomous cars might make up what percentage of cars by 2035?
25 percent
15 percent
10 percent
It sees the adoption of these cars happening incrementally and predicts 10 percent of cars will be fully autonomous by 2035.

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