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Stanford's robotic VW Touareg -- Winner of 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge
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Not much new
By Plasmoid on 2/17/2006 2:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
Another car manufaturer, the name of which sadly escapes me, recently announced they were going to make an auto-cruise or something like that feature available on their cars that basically drives the car on motorways... bends and all.

Compare that to the task of making a robot car drive a pre determined route without crashing... other then the whole problem of traffic lights and other junctions its very capable of doing with a little Sat Nav and a 360 degrees Radar detector on the roof and a smart enough computer to keep its distance.

RE: Not much new
By sonoran on 2/17/2006 2:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
I always felt automated driving on highways should be doable enough, assuming the idiots around you don't run you off the road. Would be nice to set the autopilot, relax, and be alerted to take back over manual control when you're reaching some designated exit a few hours later. That level of automation alone would be great for people who spend lots of time on the highway. And once the kinks are worked out, these things would probably be safer drivers than people.

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