Our tech contributor Alexis Madrigal on what’s just down the road for driverless cars:
If you’ve heard about autonomous vehicles, cars that drive themselves, you probably associate them with Google, which is working on fully autonomous vehicles that will drive us to and fro while we’re safely texting on our Android phones from the passenger seat.
Not to be outdone by a tech company, the traditional car makers have major development programs, too. The Mercedes S500 Intelligent Drive concept vehicle (above) recently drove 100 kilometers between German cities, Nissan has promised some kind of autonomous vehicle by 2020. And GM’s EN-V concept car is a funny little electric pod that would detect pedestrians in a crosswalk and automatically slow the vehicle. It could also communicate with smart infrastructure and traffic optimization apps to, say, detect that a drawbridge is up and plot a route around it. Ford imagines packs of vehicles sensing their surroundings with stubby, horn-like antennae and communicating about traffic conditions amongst themselves.
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