The race for leading automakers to come out with self-driven cars apparently has started.
General Motors said that in two years it will introduce a near-driverless technology in its 2017 Cadillac model called “Super Cruise.” It will enable the car to be driven on the highway without a driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal.
That’s fantastic, but it will not be soon enough. may not be soon enough. Audi AG, the world’s second-largest maker of luxury vehicles, says it will produce vehicles with autonomous driving in urban traffic. The self-driven system takes over steering, braking and accelerating in stop- and-go traffic and in speeds of up to 37 miles per house.
If the big luxury automakers are introducing the technology now, it shouldn’t be too much longer before the self-driving systems work their way down to mid-size cars and then compacts. That pattern applied to tapes players and CD systems in vehicles.
Google has been experimenting with the technology for driverless cars for quite a while.