Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars

March 13th, 2015 | Posted in Science & Tech, Transportation

mercedes-driverless-600x462There is little doubt that autonomous, or driverless cars are on the way. I used to think it was a decade out, or more. But given the work that various companies are doing – most car companies as far as I know – it seems likely that a 5-year window from now is not too long. Certainly by then at least a degree of autonomy, perhaps a driverless option on highways and freeways, will be probable. The latest visual splash is the Mercedes seen driving around San Francisco recently.

Prediction: the public acceptance of a driverless car will exceed expectations.

Here is the Mercedes in action…

Update: On March 22, 2015 the auto supplier Delphi Automotive will begin a cross-country drive from San Francisco to New York of its autonomous car, an Audi Q5 outfitted with lidar, radar, and cameras. A human driver will be behind the wheel but will drive only if the car requests help.

Glen Hiemstra

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2 Comments

  1. Carter Mackley   |   Mar 13, 2015

    I agree and I’m very excited about the prospect. Imagine not really needing to own a car because the streets are full of driverless cabs that you can call pretty much when you want with your smart phone. I think adoption will start with advanced cruise control on freeways that steers and breaks for you.

    • Glen Hiemstra   |   Mar 14, 2015

      Carter, thanks for comment. I look forward to this as well. See the blog update for a link to a cross-country drive test by Delphi starting next weekend, basically your advanced cruise control