It’s a scary thought for many, the idea that a car will one day most probably drive itself. We’ve already seen the proliferation of driver aids in the last 20 odd years, from anti-lock brakes, to stability control and more recently, features such as adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance systems.
As a result, the idea of a driverless car has become closer to reality with each passing day. To find out just how nervous motorists might be at the thought of an autonomous vehicle, the US Department of Transportation has decided to conduct a little experiment, outfitting a number of cars with equipment which allows them to talk to teach other. It will then take the vehicles to the test track and simulate tsituations such as potential accident situations, including head on collisions.
The DOT wants to judge drivers reactions when the vehicles intervene and take control. Automakers participating in the US program include Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen.
In other parts of the world similar tests are planned, including driveless cars taking to the streets in Germany and on the race track in Belgium. Ladies and Gentlemen, it appears the age of ‘real’ Big Brother motoring may soon be upon us.
[Source: Automotive News]