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December 29, 2014

Self-Driving Cars are Closer Than You Think

Hyundai-empty_car_convoySelf-driving cars are not science fiction.

In fact, you might be surprised at how sophisticated the cars on the road already are. Automatic distance sensing cruise control works with automatic braking to keep cars at a specific distance from each other, regardless of speed, and some systems can even bring the car to a full stop when necessary to prevent impact with the vehicle ahead.

Now, lane keeping assistance programs can actually read the lines on the road and will steer the car to keep it where it belongs -- even without a driver's input.

Don't believe me? Then check out these videos from Hyundai, Volvo, and BMW that demonstrate an amazing assortment of driver assist technology that's in cars now, and just around the corner. The self-driving car is closer than you think -- in fact, it might already be on the highway.

 

Hyundai: The Empty Car Convoy 

Hyundai wanted to demonstrate its driver assist features like its Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Auto Emergency Braking. So it put together a convoy of empty cars on their proving grounds in California's Mojave desert for this amazing demonstration that you have to see to believe.



Infiniti: Hands Free Driving Put to the Test with the New Infiniti Q50

This UNOFFICIAL video demonstrating how the 2015 Infiniti Q50 sedan can drive itself is pretty amazing. Be sure to watch till about 1:45 in, when the videographer shows an empty driver's seat, and a little after that shows the driver as he climbs out of the seat -- while the vehicle is moving! It's an impressive display of technology (and faith in that technology), but I'm pretty certain this automotive journalist will NEVER drive another media car from Infiniti.

 

BMW: Autonomous Car is the Future of Hands-Free Driving 

In this video, BMW demonstrates how its "Connected Drive" vehicle can pilot itself, and even change lanes. This is much more than cruise control at work here. An intricate system that uses cameras, radar, laser, and ultrasound scanners, is at work to navigate this car without input from the driver. As long as the roads are previously mapped by the automaker, the BMW can operate autonomously, explains Geekologie

 

Volvo: 'Drive Me -- Self-Driving Cars For Sustainable Mobility'

Volvo Car Group initiates world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads.

Volvo Cars demonstrates how it is playing a leading role in the world's first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The ground-breaking project 'Drive Me -- Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility' is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg.

 

 

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