Self Driving Cars on the Way?

Posted on Jan 4 2013 - 7:28pm by Robert

How much fun would it be if your car drove you to work or to the shops?

Self drive car technology is something which has been getting whispered about for a while and it could be that it will be with us sooner rather than later.

The latest car company to give us a hint of what this could be all about is Toyota. They have produced a short video of a Lexus LS which has been kitted out with some innovative safety functions to try and cut down the possibility of it getting into a crash.

This was released in the build up to the Consumer Electronics Show which is coming up in Las Vegas.

Talks to Other Cars

carSome of the car’s features are cameras to constantly monitor the situation on the surrounding road area as well as the driver, and a built in radar. Another benefit to the new technology used on it is that it can communicate with other cars.

A spokesman for the company said that they are looking at eliminating car crashes with the vehicle and that a zero collision rate is the firm’s “ultimate aim”.

In the video we see the Lexus using the technology which the boffins at Toyota have described as “Intelligent Transport Systems”.

The vehicle checks to make sure that the driver stays awake, that the car stays on the road and that it stops at red lights. It is designed for a car which is driven by a human but it could also be used to let the vehicle take complete control.

We are also looking forward to seeing a self parking vehicle from Audi at the show in Las Vegas.

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