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The recent proliferation of miniaturized autonomous driving technologies has revolutionized cities by making smart cars a viable option for daily transportation. Autonomous cars alleviate human drivers’ burden by performing intelligent operations, such as collision avoidance, lane departure warning, and traffic sign detection. In addition, autonomous driving technologies can efficiently manage traffic flow and reduce congestion and have advanced fuel economy by lowering emissions [1]. Autonomous cars assist people in their daily lives by providing reliable and safe transportation services to elderly and disabled people, handling parking problems, and eliminating a substantial number of accidents previously caused by human errors [2].

Gartner predicts that 250 million cars will be connected with each other by the end of 2020. Another report reveals that the artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to be valued at $11,000 million by 2025 (accessed on: 25 Oct. 2018 artificial-intelligence-and-autonomous-vehicles-ae877feb6cd2). IHS Markit anticipates that the installation rate of AI-based systems will grow up to 109 percent in 2025. McKinsey estimates that autonomous cars will produce a substantial revenue reaching $450 billion to $750 billion by 2030 (accessed on: 28 October 2018 However, the development of autonomous cars requires contemporary solutions in terms of perception, planning, and control. Although autonomous cars are usually equipped with powerful computing and sensing technologies based on heterogeneous architectures, many inherent challenges associated with communication and networking technologies, privacy and security, real-time data analytics, data transmission, and limited bandwidth hinder autonomous cars from becoming a mainstream technology.

Figure 1 illustrates the concept of autonomous driving cars in smart cities. Furthermore, Fig. 2 depicts the core requirements that need to be fulfilled for enabling autonomous driving cars

Research Challenges

  • Security
  • Radar interference management
  • Heterogeneous vehicular networks
  • Artificial intelligence for autonomous cars
  • Edge-assisted autonomous driving cars


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