Autonomous vs automated
We are in the midst of a #digitalrevolution, and #automation plays a pivotal part. #Driverless options are slowly entering the streets and draft legislations but exactly is the difference between #autonomous and #automateddriving?
To provide guidance, the German Federal Highway Research Institute - Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen - has developed a simplified model with three key terms: assisted, automated and autonomous modes. With each level the driver has less tasks to do entirely by himself while the vehicle takes on a more active role e. g. steering, signaling, acceleration and braking.
Naturally, the situation of a car on the road is not entirely comparable to #AGVs in a #warehouse. With AGVs, the use of the terms automated or autonomous depends primarily upon the form of navigation as there are AGVs that travel along defined routes and those that are capable of avoiding obstacles of their own.