Drivers? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Drivers...

from the catch-up-on-your-reading dept

Sure, we've been hearing about driverless cars for years, but when most of the focus has been just on cars that can self park, or better adaptive cruise control (the kind that keeps you from hitting other cars), it seemed like real driverless cars were still a long way away. It appears at least one company in China doesn't think so. A Chinese car company is supposedly demonstrating an unmanned car, which they claim can go up to 90mph (the demo topped out at 37mph) and still stay within roadways, stop at street crossings and make turns. Of course, given that even demos of supposedly market-ready adaptive cruise control sometimes lead to crashes, it's likely that demo or no demo, we won't see too many unmanned vehicles on the road any time soon. Besides, I think I'd feel a bit more confident in some of the vehicles that made it through the Grand Challenge last year, completing a 132-mile course without drivers. Either way, though, it seems like there's plenty of research into taking drivers out of the automobile equation. Considering how worked up people get about driver distractions, perhaps that's a good thing.

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    ebrke, 12 Sep 2006 @ 6:46am

    Re: Nothing New

    Ah, yes, well said! As another NJ driver who is in constant amazement/panic at the antics of other drivers, all I can say is that between the traffic and the taxes, I am seriously considering relocating.

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