Self-Driving Vehicles May Save Energy, Despite Power-Hog Tech on Board

Self driving cars might save energy, despite the power hog tech on board. A lot about self driving vehicles remains mired in an uncertain and highly debated future, there is one very important detail about them that seems to be a lot less controversial. That is the assumption that autonomous vehicles will soon be fully electric.

Key Takeaways:

  • All-electric hardware has been assumed as the desired powertrain for self-driving vehicles.
  • The concentration of sensor and computational technology in self-driving vehicles is abug power drain, and reduces range.
  • Redundant technologies are to blame for much of the higher power usage.

“Prominent chip-maker and supplier Nvidia recently revealed a compact, energy-saving supercomputer aimed at fully autonomous taxi applications.”