Autonomous Cars Hard Truth

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Last week Tesla released an over-the-air Autopilot software update that enables newer Model S sedans to drive and even change lanes themselves on the highway. Cadillac’s upcoming flagship CT6 sedan will have similar hands-off driving capabilities along with vehicle-to-vehicle technology  that allows it to communicate with other V2V-equipped cars. Then there’s Google’s autonomous test pods, Uber’s driverless chauffeuring aspirations, Mercedes’ self-driving semi-truck, and the countless other examples of autonomous-car research and interests that pepper our weekly helping of news. Autonomous cars are coming, and it’s time for everyone to just accept it. It might seem odd to have to state such a thing so plainly, but denial is a powerful drug. And enthusiasts tend to be heavy users.  Yet technology and progress are irrepressible, so here we are. For people that love to drive, the idea of an automated car is an affront to everything they hold dear. But the truth is inescapable. If you consider building-block technologies like stability control, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, and steer-by-wire, this shouldn’t even really be surprising. The first time I ever experienced a car that could drive itself was three years ago. I was at General Motor’s Milford Proving Grounds in a heavily modified Cadillac SRX equipped with an early version of Super Cruise, some form of which will be in the new CT6. I conducted the interview from the driver’s seat as the car competently looped around the track, in its own lane, at 60 mph (you can watch the video here). After that, it was clear: This is the future.

Source: Autonomous Cars Hard Truth

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