#IlPOLIMIrisponde – What is autonomous driving and how does it work?

Self-driving car technology is categorised in five levels. Today’s vehicles operate at level2: we can take our hands off of the steering wheel and our feet off of the pedals, but we must be careful, we always have to be very alert in order to correct potential errors that the autopilot might make.

We are therefore on the verge of the historic transition to level 3. The difference is that we will officially be authorised to be distracted from driving. Therefore, we can read the newspaper or use our smartphone.

When will the last level, 5, be available? In other words, complete automation?

Sergio Matteo Savaresi, professor of Automation Engineering, answers to this question.